Monday, August 22, 2005

Clean Money?

Yes. And we're not talking money laundering here. We're talking money in politics. The beauty of it is that it is for Republicans, Democrats, Greens, and whoever, including John McCain and Theodore Roosevelt.


So Saturday I went to Sol Fest, the alternative energy fair that attracts people from across the country, and signed about 180 people up to support the legislative initiative (AB 583) to bring Clean Money campaign finance reform to California. See, AB 583 will have public hearings in the fall in three locations around California. This on account of a bunch of us going to Sacramento last spring with brooms and lobbying for Clean Money at the Elections Committee hearing.

Legislators don't like Clean Money because they've already worked the system and gotten their special interest support. But there were so many of us at the hearing and so much press that they didn't dare just give Clean Money the thumbs down. So they postponed the decision. Now we have to get so many people to come to these hearings that there won't be room for them in the room, attracting press just like the Sacramento hearings did in the spring.

Okay, enough with the links already. Each one requires more html than I want to deal with. I don't know how people who don't know any html can manage a blog.

But the point to remember is, for about the price of a latte and biscotto a year, we can own our own politicians, who will listen to our needs instead of what special interests like corporations and unions want them to do.

Would you pay $5 to buy back your representatives?

1 Comments:

At 8/23/05, 9:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, that's absolutely what we need! It's definitely time to change the way we finance election campaigns so that the voters can take control of politics!

 

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