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Bill Rosendahl - Council District 11






Tuesday, May 02, 2006

We Need Clean Money

One of the projects I work on for Bill is "Clean Money." Clean Money is a public financing system that will help take money out of politics. Instead of politicians having to find money in the pockets of lobbyists and developers to run viable campaigns, they can instead choose to be publicly financed and therefore more likely beholden to the public. It is not a perfect system, but in Arizona, Maine, and Vermont voter participation has increased as have the diversity and number of candidates.

Bill, along with his colleagues Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti, recognize that trust in the government is low and is based primarily on the influence big money has on politicians. If the people don’t feel like they are being heard, they have very little motivation to participate in the political process and this is wrong. A publicly financed campaign system would give the government back to the people.

These types of systems are a bit complicated but to raise awareness, mobilize troops and continue the momentum started by Bill, his colleagues, the Ethics Commission and the California Clean Money Campaign, we will be holding a series of town halls on Clean Money.

We will hold a Town Hall Meeting on this issue May 30 at Venice High School in Mar Vista. Bill will be the host of this event.

We will also have a forum Tuesday, May 9th in North Hollywood at Colfax Elementary School, 11724 Addison Street, North Hollywood, CA 91607 at 6:30pm.

I hope to see you there.

Aaron Gross, Deputy Chief of Staff

P.S. For more information on Clean Money, please visit the California Clean Money Campaign website: www.caclean.org


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