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Public election financing pays off

July 11, 2006

Re "Council Studies Election Financing," July 6

The "clean money" system the Los Angeles City Council is studying was criticized by some members as too expensive. Talk about penny-wise and pound-foolish.

The few million dollars it would cost to finance municipal elections are nothing compared with the money saved when government is no longer beholden to special interests. If these interests didn't believe that financing campaigns would result in greater profits, they wouldn't give money in the first place.

Let's hope the council has the wisdom and the courage to restore confidence in government.

DAN SILVER

Los Angeles

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