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The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.

Over the last few years, there’s been a lot of ink devoted to the influence of money in politics, but most of it has revolved around what’s happening at the federal level. I think Californians need to take a closer look at what’s happening in our own backyards.

The maximum donation to a Presidential Primary candidate is $2,700. Do you know what the maximum, individual contribution is for the California Governor’s race? Over 10 times that amount…a staggering $29,200, and that’s just for the primary! If that’s not an argument for campaign finance reform, I don’t know what is.

My donors and supporters are those who care deeply about children, public education and good government for all Californians. They aren’t big time establishment donors who spend the maximum. The level of influence big donors have over our elections is of grave concern to me. It certainly does not produce ‘the best policies money can buy’.

If elected Governor, I promise to address the inequities in our campaign finance laws to stop wealthy donors and individuals from exerting an unfair advantage in our political system.

I have TWO days until I file my first fundraising report. I won’t have the most money, but we are building a team of every day people who are passionate about building a better California. I have never lost a race, and I don’t plan to lose one now.

Please make a contribution to my campaign today. Every dollar counts. Our children cannot wait one more year for preschool, mandatory kindergarten, and affordable higher education.

For a better California,