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Gov. Brown's unnecessary fundraising is certainly legal — but a turnoff
Gov. Brown's unnecessary fundraising is certainly legal — but a turnoff

It's not that Gov. Jerry Brown did anything illegal. It clearly was within the law. But it had an odor. It's the kind of smell that turns off the public from politics and exacerbates the ridiculously low voter participation in elections. True, there wasn't anything on the Nov. 4 state ballot to excite the masses. But there's a growing feeling that voting doesn't matter anyway — that what really counts is the gobs of special-interest money spent to influence politicians. "I have yet to meet a public official while they're in office who says that money influences them," says longtime political reformer Bob Stern. "But once he got out...

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