Monday, December 29, 2003
John Burton is the president pro tem of the California Senate. He's served in office a long time, so long in fact that he cannot run for office again due to term limits. But Senator Burton is raising money anyhow.
What is particularly galling is that Burton is raising campaign funds in amounts that are prohibited under California's campaign finance law. This law, known as Proposition 34 was crafted by Burton in order to repeal a more stringent law passed by California voters in 1996. But Burton isn't even content to live within the limits of the phony law that he helped write. Instead, he is using a loophole in that law to say that it doesn't apply to campaign committees such as his that were established prior to the passage of Proposition 34. Details can be found here in the San Francisco Chronicle.