San Francisco Chronicle: California deserves more campaign finance options (In the News)

San Francisco Chronicle: California deserves more campaign finance options

By Editorial Board

Thanks to a provision of Proposition 73, an initiative approved by voters in 1988, local governments and the state of California can’t create public financing systems for political campaigns. (There’s an exception for charter cities. Six California charter cities, including San Francisco, have adopted limited public funding programs to match small campaign contributions.)

Last year, the state Legislature passed SB 1107, a measure from state Sen. Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, to allow cities, counties and the state to provide public financing for campaigns…

Unfortunately, Judge Timothy Frawley, of the Sacramento Superior Court, just struck down the new law, arguing that it didn’t “further the purpose” of Proposition 73.

Allen has said he’ll urge Attorney General Xavier Becerra to pursue an appeal. He should do so.

But, ultimately, the final approval may need to come from the voters.

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