Today's L.A. Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:
Private money, public campaigns
Kudos, once again, to Steve Lopez for illuminating important societal issues that need remedying. Hardly a week goes by without a story about the corrupting influence of money in politics. It's time to make the financing of campaigns an imperative of public policy and not of private gain.
We must abolish the private financing of campaigns. The electronic and print media must be mandated, as a price for their licenses, to give a public platform to competing candidates and issues. By so doing, candidates and issues could not be bought.
I've been a believer in full public financing of campaigns for more than 20 years. Ours is the only democracy held hostage by legalized bribery, but citizens are not only waking up, they're fed up. Until we can get private money out of politics, exposing whose money is behind political ads is definitely the next best thing.
In 2010, California voters sent both Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Mercury Insurance packing. Each had spent millions of dollars sponsoring deceptive ballot measures, and voters found out who was behind them.