Campaign Finance

Re "This Office Should be Spotless," Opinion, Oct. 17: Tony Quinn's article on how Secretary of State Kevin Shelley received large campaign donations from groups for which he had facilitated funding describes the normal process of California politics. Big political donors usually support politicians eager to serve their interests.

The problem is not that the secretary of state's office is partisan. The problem is that our campaign finance system allows for the purchase of political influence. California needs a clean-money system of voluntary public financing of elections such as Maine and Arizona have already achieved.

William H. Forthman


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