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Legalized bribery [Letter]

What do four articles ("Two campaigns asked to halt fundraising during assembly," Dec. 30, "Gansler recused himself from election ruling," Dec. 22, "Campaign ruling prompts lawsuit," Dec. 27 and "A lawyer who knows fundraising," Dec. 29), plus one editorial ("Arbitrary, ineffective," Dec. 23), all add up to?

The General Assembly and the politicians who claim they want campaign financial reform are a bunch of phonies.

What I find striking is The Sun's acknowledgment that "there's some truth to critics' contention that campaign contributions are like legalized bribery, and if that's the case during the legislative session, isn't it also the case during the other 335 days of the year?" Well, hello! To my knowledge there is only one so-called critic who contends that campaign contributions are disguised bribes. This individual is me. And so hear this: I will continue to consistently and persistently declare that campaign contributions are disguised bribes.

Additionally, I take issue with your position on public campaign financing.

No one is forced to run for public office. The taxpayers are not morally obligated to help finance someone's campaign. When these career politicians collect millions and millions of dollars in "campaign bribes," just think how better off our state would be if that money would be used to help people who really need charity.

Again, I am the only candidate who won't take any bribes for my campaign, and once my one term as governor is finished, I will resume my regular work. All career politicians should be handed their pink slips.

Ralph Jaffe, Baltimore

The writer is a Democratic candidate for governor.

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