Tim Bonham <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: I've been Treasurer for many party units, candidates, and joint campaigns over the years.
I just can't see that public financed campaigns would solve all these problems. Just change to different problems. Here's some that I see: ML : (see previous post for list of problems) There is a state-level proposal that seems to make a lot of sense that addresses many of Tim's concerns: Fair and Clean Elections (FACE). A similar system might be workable at the city level too. We'd still have independent expenditures and candidates choosing to forgoe public money in order to spend away their opponents, but choosing this route looks even more unattractive with viable alternative funding sources available. It might be a challenge to figure out the funding source at the city level, but consider it a public investment in voter education and turn-out. Rather than attempt to run through this complicated issue here, I'll point interested parties to the following link to learn more: http://www.mapa-mn.org/programs/face/ Would this model work for Minneapolis? Does it adequately address Tim's concerns? What say you, Minneapolis? What the heck, East Minneapolis can chime in too. ;) Matty Lang, Central --------------------------------- Yahoo! Shopping Find Great Deals on Holiday Gifts at Yahoo! Shopping REMINDERS: 1. Be civil! Please read the NEW RULES at http://www.e-democracy.org/rules. If you think a member is in violation, contact the list manager at [EMAIL PROTECTED] before continuing it on the list. 2. Don't feed the troll! Ignore obvious flame-bait. For state and national discussions see: http://e-democracy.org/discuss.html For external forums, see: http://e-democracy.org/mninteract ________________________________ Minneapolis Issues Forum - A Civil City-focused Civic Discussion - Mn E-Democracy Post messages to: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org Subscribe, Un-subscribe, etc. at: http://e-democracy.org/mpls