Friday, June 18, 2004
A group of folks in Placer County, California are gearing up to work on getting big money out of their county elections. Derek and I met with some of these folks last night in Auburn (a town in the county) to talk about how the current system has allowed big money to overwhelm the elections process in Placer County and what these folks can do about it. They are planning a citizens ballot initiative to set low limits on contributions to local candidates. Here are some pictures of the event.
Although it's easy to overlook sometimes, especially given the huge amounts of money and political shenanigans that go on at the federal level, big money can distort the elections process at all levels of government. As citizens of the United States, or South Dakota or Louisiana or Florida or Placer County, CA, we have the right and power to make sure that rich folks can't buy our government by spending huge sums of cash to elect people who agree with them.
One person, one vote. It's American. It's democratic. It restores the power to elect our leaders to the people, the only place that power should ever reside. It's an idea that our friends in Placer County are going to be talking about a lot in the months to come.