Ron Birnbaum for Assembly | Money in Politics
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Money in Politics

I support the DISCLOSE Act, AB 249, which will require independent political advertisements to display the top three donors to the ad campaign. This will allow voters to follow the money and see who is actually pushing certain policies, candidates, and initiatives.

The DISCLOSE Act is one key step toward ending the control of politics by rich individuals and corporations. I’ll fight for public financing of elections in California as the next big step. This will level the playing field for all candidates, and will ensure that none of them are required to bend their priorities toward large corporate interests or corporate PACs.

And I won’t take a dime of corporate money in my campaign.

Candidates should be elected because they have the right ideas, not just because they have the right friends! Right now, we know that politics is truly crazy, and we can see it at every level from school boards and community councils all the way up to the White House. We have somehow gone from needing money in order to run for office to  money running the office. This leaves most residents in AD 51 out of the political process and it means that our policy solutions no longer represent the needs of the people. Our best ideas are found in the people and their lived experiences, not through legalized bribery. Politicians should get to spend all their time making the best ideas into the laws that protect and serve our human interests. And I’ll settle for nothing until I believe that’s the work happening in Sacramento.

Where will this go after we pass the DISCLOSE Act and bring public financing to political campaigns? I will work to overturn Citizens United through an amendment to the United States Constitution, because we need to end the idea that corporations are people and that money is itself a form of speech.  This process can begin right here in California, and I will dive in quickly and become part of the group of political leaders working to make this happen.

I’m running for office as a concerned citizen. I want to represent your interests in Sacramento. I can promise you full transparency in my own campaign financing, truth-telling about money in politics, and action towards a California that can’t be bought by big corporate interests. I’m eager to talk to you about my own experience running for office and to encourage you to run! If enough of us get involved in this, I promise you, we’ll change it together.