Tuesday, August 23, 2005

"Clean Money" Real Campaign Finance Reform

Not a day goes by that you don't read an article in the news about “gift giving” by special interests, millions of dollars flowing into campaign coffers or out-of-state fundraisers provided by major corporate contributors with an interest in legislation. The time, energy and money spent in fundraising shifts the focus of our representative democracy from working on solutions for everyday people to focusing on solutions for special interests. It is because of this dysfunctional system that I have made campaign finance reform a top priority on my legislative agenda. This year, I introduced legislation to establish a “Clean Money” public financing system for our elections. A Clean Money system, based on a successful Arizona model, would allow anybody to run for office without taking a single dime from special interests.

Clean Money is the only solution that eliminates the corrosive influence that money has on cogent public policy. It is the only solution to deal with sneak attack ads by independent expenditure committees. It is the only solution that will make legislators beholden to the people that elected them...you.

Join our growing Coalition of Clean Money supporters in California! Here is sample list of our growing supporters:

* California Clean Money Campaign

* Common Cause

* League of Woman Voters

* National Organization of Woman

* Grey Panthers

You can see a copy of my legislation at http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/postquery?bill_number=ab_583&sess=CUR&house=B&author=hancock