Letters to the Editor

Clean up elections

Proposition 89 -- "Clean Elections" -- will end the clout campaign donors have with state elected officials by ending the pressure for candidates to collect money to fund their campaigns. Seven states have adopted Clean Elections, and Maine and Arizona have had it since 2000.

Who opposes Proposition 89? The people and groups who give money so they can influence legislation. They argue it will support negative ads, but this doesn't make any sense.

Arizona passed a discount prescription program, and its governor said in a 2003 speech that, "If I had not run clean, I would surely have been paid visits by numerous campaign contributors representing pharmaceutical interests and the like, urging me either to shelve that idea or to create it in their image."

Clean Elections will be funded by restoring 0.2% of a tax on corporations, the same amount corporations paid in 1986 before their taxes were lowered. It will not increase any tax on individuals. The Legislative Analyst says that there will probably be sufficient funds to cover all candidates who choose to run clean campaigns.

Vote "yes" on Proposition 89.

Margaret S. Johnson