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we debate campaign finance and lobbying because we all see it for what it is influence peddling. Why not just make fundraising by elected officials or their staff illegal. If we make this law in California it would effect every local and statewide candidate and in effect short circuit all the current schemes used to buy and sell influence.
When a legislator receives a campaign contribution from a lobbyist before or after sponsoring a bill written by that lobbyist it should be considered fraud and they should be investigated and removed from office.
Legislators are essentially above the law in their actions. There should be a means of holding them personally liable for damages in instances when their policy hurts the general public and benefits their contributors. Everyone knows the large donations they get are essentially the result of selling their influence often at our expense. If circumstantial evidence is there to suggest influence peddling then independent ...more »
rather than voting on candidates we should have all candidates focus on raising money. The candidate with the most money will be the winner. The outcomes will essentially be the same but all the candidates will give the money they raised to pay down state debt or go into state infrastructure.
Legislators in our state (our country) have an unspoken but clearly evident drive to be reelected or to move to a higher office. This desire biases every bill they vote on because they need to raise money for the next election. Also professional politicians have the advantage of running campaigns while they are "working for the public". No other citizen has that ability. The proposed referendum will mandate the following ...more »