Letters to the Editor: A simple campaign finance fix: If you can’t vote for it, you can’t donate to it

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To the editor: As much as I would like to see two Democratic senators elected in Georgia, Nicholas Goldberg’s column on those races highlights a significant problem in our political system: out-of-state money. We don’t allow foreign counties to contribute to political campaigns in the U.S., so why do we allow Californians and New Yorkers to fund campaigns in Georgia? Why do we allow Montanans to fund petition drives in California? Why do we allow anyone to contribute to a candidate or ballot initiative for which they cannot vote? If I could make our political finance rules, I would have only one, and you’ve probably already guessed what it is: If you can’t vote for the candidate or the proposition, then you can’t contribute to the campaign. Beyond that, contribute as much as you like.
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So, maybe you can buy one member of the House or a couple of senators, but you cannot buy half of Congress.June Ailin Sewell, Marina del Rey..To the editor: Goldberg writes: “Senate races shouldn’t cost hundreds of millions of dollars. The outsized role of big money in politics is unhealthy and inherently corrupting. … We need …

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