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Lawmakers endorse ‘Clean Money’ ballot measure

Its path to the June 2010 primary ballot cleared by a federal judge last week, the California Fair Elections Act – which will ask voters whether to test out public financing of political campaigns by applying it to the races for Secretary of State in 2014 and 2018 – has now been endorsed by 18 Bay Area lawmakers.

“One year from election day, our campaign is off to a running start,” said campaign spokesman Mike Roth. “These strong, early endorsements from Bay Area legislators send a clear message that the California Fair Elections Act is gaining the momentum we need to bring about the changes voters want to see in Sacramento.”

The endorsement of state Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, was a gimme, as she authored the law that’s putting the measure on the ballot. Today’s other endorsers are state Senators Elaine Alquist, D-San Jose; Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro; Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord; Mark Leno, D-San Francisco; and Leland Yee, D-San Francisco; as well as Assemblymembers Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco; Jim Beall Jr., D-San Jose; Joe Coto, D-San Jose; Paul Fong, D-Cupertino; Mary Hayashi, D-Castro Valley; Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo; Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco; Ira Ruskin, D-Redwood City; Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley; Sandre Swanson, D-Oakland; Alberto Torrico, D-Newark; and Tom Torlakson, D-Antioch.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    That’s really courageous and idealistic of ’em. Who gives a nickel to candidates for Sec’y of State?

  • Mike F

    Agreed. This doesn’t seem like leadership at all, just a delay tactic to allow State Senators and Assemblymembers to continue to enjoy business as usual. Why not make it applicable to the next race for Govenor or all races in 2011 – rhetorical.