Re "Lawmakers help make the case for a fundraising ban" (Editorials, Aug. 22): Instead of boldly calling for public financing of campaigns endorsed by Common Cause and other good government groups, The Bee editorial board instead wimps out, embracing a gimmick riddled with loopholes that would ban political fundraising for a few weeks a year.
That flawed measure, promoted by a Republican opposed to public financing at a time when Democrats have a super majority (surprise!) would apply to no other elected officials. It would handcuff legislators while allowing opponents to raise unlimited funds and empower independent expenditure groups. And it fails to recognize that legislative decisions are made all year long, not just in a few weeks each session.
Instead of another Band-Aid in the name of "reform," let's move forward with public financing, which would, the Supreme Court willing, eliminate political fundraising once and for all.
-- Steven Maviglio, Sacramento