Tag Archives: Campaign Finance Reform

Uncommon Knowledge Television – Taking the Initiative

“Taking the Initiative: The Initiative Process” with Bruce Cain and Ron Unz Uncommon Knowledge/Hoover Institution, December 13, 2000 Is the ballot initiative good or bad for American democracy? Today citizens in twenty-four states have the right to petition their fellow … Continue reading

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Dishonest Campaign Reform is Worse Than None

Dishonest Campaign Reform is Worse Than None by Ron Unz Los Angeles Times, Sunday, October 1, 2000 For the first time in living memory, California’s entire diverse galaxy of campaign finance reform groups has united behind a single ballot measure campaign. Surprisingly, this reform … Continue reading

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“Half-Unz”

As most of you are aware, Prop. 25, my sweeping campaign finance reform measure on California’s March ballot was defeated by a well-funded campaign led by Gov. Gray Davis and California’s Democratic Party. Now, ironically enough, California’s Democratic leaders have placed their own … Continue reading

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English Still Succeeding

Our campaign finance reform measure—Prop. 25 —was overwhelmingly defeated by the Democratic Party and their close union allies (with the Republicans cheering them on from the sidelines). Fortunately, this same powerful coalition had failed to defeat the earlier Prop. 227, … Continue reading

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Democrats’ Double Standard on Campaign Reform

Democrats’ Double Standard on Campaign Reform by Ron Unz New York Times, Friday, March 10, 2000 PALO ALTO, Calif. — Tuesday’s crushing defeat of a sweeping campaign finance measure in California thwarted reform in a state much in need of it. … Continue reading

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Unmasking the Democratic Party

This past Wednesday, even as Democratic Presidential candidates Al Gore and Bill Bradley were debating in Los Angeles over which was the stronger supporter  of campaign finance reform, the California Democratic Party was pouring $500,000 into the campaign to defeat the campaign … Continue reading

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Uncommon Knowledge Television – A Level Playing Field

“A Level Playing Field – Campaign Finance Reform” with Bruce Cain, Jerry Lubenow, and Ron Unz Uncommon Knowledge/Hoover Institution, December 9, 1999 In 2000, the amount of money spent in political campaigns in the United States may reach three billion dollars. Is … Continue reading

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McCain-Feingold Loses; There Is an Alternative

McCain-Feingold Loses; There Is an Alternative by Ron Unz Wall Street Journal, Wednesday, October 20, 1999 Everyone agrees that the current campaign-finance system is dreadfully flawed, consisting as it does of a mishmash of contribution limits unadjusted for 25 years of … Continue reading

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Politics is Up for Sale in California

Politics is Up for Sale in California by Ron Unz The flow of money to candidates and causes calls the idea of the people’s best interests into question Los Angeles Times, Wednesday, August 26, 1999 There are many areas of the … Continue reading

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California Republicans as the Party of the Poor

California Republicans as the Party of the Poor by Ron Unz Sacramento Bee, Sunday, August 22, 1999 The recent release of campaign finance reports for the first half of 1999 has revealed a surprising fact: unlike its national counterpart, the California … Continue reading

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New Republic Profile

I’m attaching below a very comprehensive and generally rather positive profile of my activities which just appeared as the cover story of the current issue of The New Republic. I’ve been a subscriber to TNR for almost fifteen years—it’s long … Continue reading

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