Thursday, June 7, 2007 | I helped write the campaign law in 1972 along with Pete Wilson and others. It was used as a model around the country and worked for 30 years. The purpose was to stop big money from buying elections without the public knowing who or where the money came from. Proposition 34 was intended to get around local limits and the floodgates opened in 2004. We don’t have to sit by and watch limits go down the drain if we had the political will to keep these laws in force. A local jurisdiction has a constitutional right to make laws stricter than the state. Under 34 the key is enforcing the independence of the candidates and the political parties. We can’t change what the state does but could make ours harder if we had the will.

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