An im­por­tant dis­cus­sion about cam­paign fi­nance

The Denver Post - - PERSPECTIVE -

Re: “Pro­posal for pub­lic fi­nanc­ing of Den­ver elec­tions is deeply flawed,” Aug. 6 Vin­cent Car­roll col­umn.

I’m glad to see that The Den­ver Post is dis­cussing cam­paign fi­nance is­sues. Most re­port­ing on this topic reads like a score sheet and does not con­sider the im­pli­ca­tions of money in pol­i­tics. Ev­ery­one I talk to thinks money in pol­i­tics is a prob­lem and that our elected of­fi­cials are re­spond­ing to donors more than to con­stituents. No one knows what to do about it. I don’t know if Cleans­’s bal­lot mea­sure is the best ap­proach, but I think it’s im­por­tant that this is on the Den­ver bal­lot so that cit­i­zens can dis­cuss fur­ther. I hope that The Post will of­fer more than opin­ion on the topic this fall. Su­san Gam­ble, Den­ver

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An ini­tia­tive that is likely to be on the Den­ver bal­lot this fall seeks to spend city money — as much as $8 mil­lion ev­ery four-year elec­tion cy­cle — to pub­licly fund po­lit­i­cal cam­paigns.

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