Saturday: 'Fair Elections' rally


A pilot program to offer public funds to statewide political candidates will be the subject of a rally Saturday, Feb. 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. in San Mateo.

State Sen. Leland Yee, Assembly members Ira Ruskin and Jerry Hill, and San Mateo County Supervisor Rich Gordon will be among the speakers, according to the California Fair Elections Working Group, which is sponsoring the event.

The rally is in support of the California Fair Elections Act, which the state will place on the ballot in the June 8 election, according to the group. The pilot program would offer public funding to candidates for secretary of state in the 2014 and 2018 campaigns. Candidates who elect to forego private funding would receive $1 million to conduct a primary campaign, and $1.3 million to devote toward the general election.

The rally will be held in the auditorium of St. Bartholomew Church at 600 Columbia Drive in San Mateo, at the corner of Alameda de las Pulgas and Crystal Springs Road.

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Posted by Shivering
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Feb 3, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Another bad idea. We are $20,000,000,000 in debt for the year in California and these political hacks want the taxpayers to pay for their campaigns. Public financing always benefits the incumbant. Time to cut spending in Sacramento and Washington and throw the bums out.

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Posted by evie miller
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Feb 4, 2010 at 8:54 am

How this would be paid for? Lobbyists' licensing fees (currently $12.50 for an annual license!!) would increase---as they should. States like Arizona & Maine already have successful, voluntary, publicly financed campaigns with wide bipartisan support. For elections that money can't buy, it's time for California to get the big special interest $$ out of govt so our elected officials can spend their time representing our interests, instead of fundraising.

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Posted by Maria of West Menlo
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 4, 2010 at 5:12 pm

I pay eniough in taxes already and with much less work this year and the economy so bad, why tax us more, like Obama!!

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