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Voters reject measure to fund political campaigns

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Californians aren't interested in financing political campaigns with taxpayer money, even on an experimental basis.

Proposition 15, defeated Tuesday, would have set up a voluntary pilot program for candidates running for secretary of state.

In doing so, the measure would have repealed a 26-year-old ban on public funding of political campaigns in California.

Had Proposition 15 passed, candidates running for secretary of state could have received at least $2.3 million in public funds for the primary and general elections. Additional matching funds would have been available if outside interest groups or competitors spent more money.

Supporters argued such a system would curtail the influence of special interests in elections. Critics characterized the measure as welfare for politicians.


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