“Do We Need a Constitutional Convention on Campaign Finance?” (Spoiler Alert: No!)

I have written this oped for the LA Times.  It begins:

Should the United States convene a constitutional convention to clean up the campaign finance mess created by the U.S. Supreme Court? My answer is absolutely not. That’s neither a realistic goal nor a wise way to curb the influence of the wealthy over our elections. Nevertheless, I’m pleased that the California Supreme Court this week greenlighted a scheme to put that question on the ballot come November, and I may even vote “yes.”…

To recap: A constitutional convention could spiral out of control, proposed amendment language so far is deeply problematic, and the Legislature may have self-interested reasons for including a campaign finance question on the ballot. Nonetheless, there’s a good reason for voters to support this flawed proposal.




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