Public financing bill would discriminate Against all, except GOP & Democratic Parties, charges Green Party
GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release: May 6, 2004
Cres Vellucci, GPCA Spokesperson, 916-996-1970,
Jo Chamberlain, GPCA Spokesperson, 650-346-3775,
Beth Moore Haines, GPCA Spokesperson, 530-277-0610,
Ross Mirkarimi, GPCA Spokesperson, 415-412-7526,
SACRAMENTO – A new state public campaign financing bill (AB 2949) heard
before a key committee here this week would discriminate against all but
the GOP and Democratic parties, and would make the disparity between
parties even larger, charged the Green Party of California today.
The measure, AB 2949, also known as the California Clean Money and Fair
Elections Act of 2004, authorizes candidates for state office to obtain
public funds for their campaigns.
The bill is currently waiting for a vote in the Assembly Appropriations
In a letter to author Assembly member Loni Hancock (D-14th/East Bay), the
Green Party of California noted, "The current language of the bill
discriminates against candidates based on their party affiliation," The
measure would severely limit the amount candidates from smaller parties
would receive, thereby discouraging their participation and limiting
voters' choices at the polls.
"It is absolutely unacceptable to introduce into law further discrimination
against the 22 percent of registered voters who are not members of the
Republican or Democratic parties. This legislation discriminates against
them, and discriminates against the Green Party, whose position on the war
in Iraq represents the overwhelming majority in the world, and thereby
should be heard," said former gubernatorial candidate Peter Camejo.
An analysis of the legislation by the Assembly Elections, Redistricting and
Constitutional Amendments Committee supports Camejo, finding the measure
may have the "opposite effect" of making elections fairer because it
restricts the amount of public funding for non-Republican or Democratic
Party candidates by putting them in a different "category."
"It's very unfortunate that the author of the legislation is not yet
committed to an overall spending cap, as was done in Arizona, which would
limit the cost of public financing," said Jo Chamberlain, Green Party of
California state coordinating committee.
The Green Party of California
P.O. Box 2828, Sacramento, CA 95812
Phone: (916) 448-3437