Hear a great debate over Proposition 15, California Fair Elections Act, at 2PM today, 89.3 FM

From my homeboy Trent Lange:

There’s going to be a great debate about Proposition 15, the California Fair Elections Act, today at 2pm on the Patt Morrison show on Southern California Public Radio (89.3 KPCC, 89.1 KUOR, and 90.3 KPCV).   I’ll be debating Richard Wiebe, spokesperson for the the Stop Prop 15 campaign, and James Sutton, an attorney specializing in political, election, & non-profit law.  LeeAnn Pelham, executive director of the LA City Ethics Commission, which is a strong proponent of full public funding of LA city campaigns.   You can listen to the show live online or listen to a recorded version if you can’t listen to it live here:   http://www.scpr.org/programs/patt-morrison/ More details below.  It should be a good debate!2:06 – 2:58:30

Debating Proposition 15 and the future of publically financed elections

In a time of increasing awareness of the role of money in political campaigns, Proposition 15 is a proposal for the fairly radical notion of publically financed elections but through measured, incremental steps.  Prop. 15 would repeal the ban on public funding of political campaigns in California, and as a first step it creates a voluntary system for candidates for the office of Secretary of State to qualify for a public campaign grant if they agree to limitations on spending and private contributions.  Funding for Secretary of State race would come from an increased fee on the lobbyists doing business in California.  Would Prop. 15 radically alter the fiscal landscape of California’s elections?  Probably not at first, but the eventual effects might be dramatic, as cities, counties and the state government could be free to experiment with using taxpayer dollars to fund campaigns.  How does Prop. 15 play into the larger debate of campaign finance reform?


Trent Lange, campaign chair of the Yes on 15 campaign; President of the Board of Directors of the California Clean Money Campaign

Richard Wiebe, partner at public affairs firm Schubert-Flint; organizers of the Stop 15 campaign

James Sutton, attorney specializing in political, election & non-profit law and head The Sutton Law Firm

  • Sutton advises candidates, ballot measure committees, corporations, public entities and nonprofit organizations throughout California on how to comply with the myriad federal, state, and local laws affecting their campaign and lobbying activities, and has represented numerous clients before the Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Oakland and San Jose Ethics Commissions, as well as the Federal Elections Commission and California Fair Political Practices Commission.

LeeAnn Pelham, executive director of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission

  • The City Ethics Commission runs the campaign finance disclosure program for all elected offices in the city of Los Angeles.
  • Since 1990, when City voters passed Proposition H, candidates for elective City office have had the option of participating in a voluntary system of partial public funding for their campaigns.
  • The Ethic Commission has been a strong proponent of full public financing for City campaigns.

– Trent   === Trent Lange Chair, Yes on Proposition 15: Californians for Fair Elections President, California Clean Money Action Fund (310) 428-1556 www.YesOnProp15.org Yes on Proposition 15! Fair Elections that Money Can’t Buy

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