Elections and Big Money in the California Primary

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Two years ago, California voters passed Proposition 34, which set limits for individual contributions to candidates and campaigns. Although it was supposed to reduce the amount of money in statewide elections, it may have increased it by accelerating the creation of independent expenditure committees. In last week's primary, Gray Davis and Bill Simon averaged 5,000 dollars per donation, and special interests had no trouble spending ten times what the law allows for legislative races. We join Democratic and Republican consultants and the executive director of the government watchdog organization, California Common Cause, for a look at public financing, special interest money and what it portends for future elections.
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