Larry Mantle |

Public funding for California elections

Tuesday morning on "AirTalk" our guests debated Proposition 15: The California Fair Elections Act. The initiative would set up two pilot, publicly funded elections for California Secretary of State, in 2014 and 2018. Candidates could voluntarily choose to opt out of raising money for their campaigns and receive public funding instead. That money would come from an increase in the registration fees paid by lobbyists in Sacramento.

Proponents claim it would make office-holders less subservient to lobbyists and special interests. Opponents say it would ultimately increase taxes by allowing legislators to tap into general funds for funding elections.

What do you think? Is this a good way to diminish the influence of special interests in Sacramento? Would you like to see public funding of local elections in your city or county?