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Shame on California lawmakers for abandoning an effort to reduce the influence of money in politics

Shame on California lawmakers for abandoning an effort to reduce the influence of money in politics

Just two years after California senators voted to bar themselves from fundraising during the busiest times of the legislative year, they voted Thursday to dump the blackouts because they were an inconvenience in tough re-election campaigns. Shame on them for abandoning this small step toward reducing the influence of money in lawmaking.

It's not as if senators had sworn off accepting money from lobbyists and special interests altogether — the ban was in effect just for a mere 30 days during the budget-writing season, which this year begins on Monday, and then again...

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