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California Fair Elections Act Of 2008; General   

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The people enact this chapter to establish a Fair Elections pilot program in campaigns for the office of Secretary of State to accomplish the following purposes:

(a) To reduce the perception of influence of large contributions on the decisions made by state government.

(b) To remove wealth as a major factor affecting whether an individual chooses to become a candidate.

(c) To provide a greater diversity of candidates to participate in the electoral process.

(d) To permit candidates to pursue policy issues instead of being preoccupied with fundraising and allow officeholders more time to carry out their official duties.

(e) To diminish the danger of actual corruption or the public perception of corruption and strengthen public confidence in the governmental and election processes.

(f) To reduce the perception of influence of lobbyist employers upon future Secretaries of State and their administration of the lobbyist disclosure program.

(g) To protect the public's fiscal interest by providing sufficient resources to make the public financing program a viable option for qualified candidates, while not wasting resources by providing candidates with an unnecessarily large initial grant of public funds.

(Added by Stats. 2008, Ch. 735, Sec. 4.)