Can Campaign Finance Reform Work Well?

The California Clean Money Campaign (http://www.caclean.org/) is attempting to help the California Legislature develop legislation that would provide a public-financing option for candidates for California state offices (Assemblymember, Senator, and 8 Executive Branch offices).  CCMC might want to cross-check proposed legislation regarding the potential for unanticipated consequences.  One such potential might arise from campaign consultants recruiting numerous people to run for office on the public-funding plan.  Potentially, such consultants (and people whom they hire to do advertising) could profit handsomely monetarily, while the number of candidacies increases dramatically.  If so, the consequences for the public and elections could be significant, as well as could the State’s monetary obligations to fund candidacies.

 

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