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May 28, 2002

Clean Money Repo Men

Okay, for those who haven't been following the hilarious (and encouraging) saga of campaign finance reform in Massachusetts, read Clean Money Repo Men by John Nichols in the June 2002 Progressive. The bottom-line is that after passing a radical public finance initiative at the ballot in 1998, the state legislature has refused to allocate the required funding for it, but also haven't had the guts to repeal the voter-approved law. So courts have granted the campaign finance reformers the right to auction off the "cars, the furniture, and the prime parking spots that have long been the perks of political power on Boston's Beacon Hill." It's high political theatre with the actual promise of cleaning up politics in the state. And the plans have been passed across the country, even in unlikely places like Arizona.

Posted by Nathan at May 28, 2002 03:05 PM


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