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Matt Singer on January 5, 2007 - 8:46am
Sirota Joins Arizona, Maine Legislators in Advancing Public Financing Reform in Washington State Helena, MT ”“ David Sirota, co-chair of the Progressive States Network and the New York Times bestselling author of Hostile Takeover, is headlining a forum on clean elections today in Washington state alongside legislators from Arizona, Maine, and Washington. The forum follows the 2006 election where ethics issues drove voters to demand change. The message of the forum? The best way to instill faith in government is to remove the corrupting influence of big money. “States have the option to pursue piecemeal reforms that solve some of the problems or they can pursue the big reform that solves the big problem ”“ the influence that money buys in government,”? said Sirota. “States that embrace clean elections see more citizens enter the process as candidates, giving the public more options, and creating new levels of accountability for politicians. “The legislators calling for clean elections in Washington have a lot of courage ”“ standing up to special interests and leading the call for reform.”? The Washington legislators will be joined by colleagues from Arizona and Maine ”“ two states that have already adopted clean elections. The legislators attending the event include Representative Ed Ableser (AZ), Representative Linda Valentino (ME), Senators Jim Kastama and Eric Oemig and Representatives Mark Miloscia and Shay Schual-Berke (WA). The Progressive States Network was founded in 2005 to drive public policy debates and change the political landscape in the United States by focusing on attainable and progressive state level actions. It recently changed its name from the Progressive Legislative Action Network (PLAN).