Making every voter equal

The venture capitalist Tom Perkins recently suggested that he should have a greater voice than others in selecting our government because he’s rich. “You pay a million dollars in taxes,” he told the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, “you get a million votes. How’s...

The Sorry State of Campaign Finance in Albany

Campaign finance reform is incredibly important, but, frankly, it’s not very sexy. How do you rouse a full-throated rallying cry for a system that could clean up politics by encouraging more people to run for office? It’s not a bleat against new taxes. It’s not a tale...

Clock ticking on campaign finance reform

As state leaders work to finalize the budget due in five weeks, good government groups are urging the governor to stand by his recommendations for campaign finance reform. A number of voters’ rights advocates and watchdog groups reinvigorated the call early last...

Blair Horner: The Governor’s Historic Opportunity

Lawmakers return to the Capitol this week to tackle the big issue of the session: approving a state budget.  As part of that $140 billion plus decision, lawmakers will be forced to also debate a key issue: reforming the state’s campaign finance and ethics laws. For at...