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California voters tired of the cash register politics in Sacramento and Washington will have the power this November to clean house--and become the catalyst for cleaning up politics across the country.

This morning the Secretary of State qualified the California Clean Money and Fair Elections Act of 2006 for the November ballot.  The initiative is designed to make sure that elected officials are responsive to the needs of their constituents--not just their donors.  It also closes current campaign finance loopholes and undercuts the power of lobbyists.

It's no surprise that lobbying reform in Washington just suffered the same fate it does every time: it fails

Arizona and Maine have been the laboratories for Clean Money Elections and what have they seen?  More voter participation, more minorities/women/working-class people running for office, and less influence by lobbyists.

Of course: we need help.  Please join the campaign to bring Clean Elections to California.

Originally posted to California Nurses Shum on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 05:27 PM PDT.

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  •  Sounds great! I'm for publicly funded campaigns! (1+ / 0-)
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    This doesn't go that far I take it but it looks as if it helps. This to me is just one of the worst problems we have with government being run by corporate lobbyists and the wealthy.

    ....But there's something bubbling (up) in America that will be reflected at the polls. --John Kerry 5/31/6

    by Gorette on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 05:40:05 PM PDT

  •  Great (2+ / 0-)
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    eph89, trashablanca

    to see it on the ballot.  

    Any thoughts on how it (as drafted) stands up with today's SC decision on clean campaigns in VT?  Have the laws of Maine or Arizona been challenged?

    •  Good Question (0+ / 0-)

      I'm curious about the answer to hilltopper's question.

      I'd also like to know whether the bill in the state senate is dead without Romero's support.  Will the Hancock bill supporters support the nurses' initiative?  It seems that there are two major groups pushing clean elections in California, and neither one seems to acknowledge the other much.

    •  Adam B shared some thoughts on this in a FP post (0+ / 0-)

      He explained here that Maine and Arizona don't limit campaign expenditures like the Vermont law did.

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