I loved your editorial, “A better way to fuel a democracy” (Page 11A, Oct. 19). . And yes, there is a better way.
Across party lines, most Americans are fed up with the corruptive influence of “big” money in our elections, and subsequently on our elected representatives.
The influence of small donors on both the Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders campaigns has been impressive with neither, apparently, relying on super PACS. Similarly, citizen funded campaigns would eliminate the negative influence of those big-money donors. Unfortunately, efforts to provide citizen funding for elections have been effectively thwarted by those influential groups.
Twenty-eight years ago Californians’ right to citizen-funded elections was taken away by cleverly deceptive wording in Prop 73; confusing voters into thinking that they were in fact voting for public financing of elections.
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Fortunately, there is now an initiative in the works to re-install our right to fund elections. This initiative is called the CA FREE Act of 2016. In addition to publicly funded elections; it would empower the FPPC to ensure fair elections, impose larger fines on violators and extend the time needed to prosecute violators. Make your vote count again: cafreeact.com.
Mary VanDerostyne, Ripon