Bonifaz Criticizes 3Gs
Takes on Gabrieli-Goldberg-Galvin Limits
BOSTON – John Bonifaz, Democratic candidate for Secretary of State, who
defended the Massachusetts Clean Elections Law against a Legislature
that turned its back on the voters it represents and refused to fund
the law, issued a statement today criticizing the spending limits set
by the three Gs: Chris Gabrieli, Deb Goldberg and William Galvin.
“I am deeply disappointed with the news today of the outrageous
spending limits set by Chris Gabrieli and Deb Goldberg, as well as what
we expect William Galvin – who did not opt into public financing – will
set later today.
“This is not the kind of politics that is consistent with the core
values of the Democratic Party. This is why so many people do not
participate in the political process. This level of money in politics
drowns out the voices of people at the most grassroots level.
“And this is why I am running for Secretary of State and why I defended
the Clean Elections Law. We can do better in Massachusetts. We can and
should be a model for the nation, rather than another example of
auction-block politics open to the highest bidder.
“This is further proof that we need to have a fully-funded public
finance system with spending limits. A model system, like those that
exist in Maine and Arizona, would be fully-funded and level the playing
field in all statewide and state legislative races. Voters are tired of
the skyrocketing amounts of money in our elections.”
Bonifaz is also co-counsel in a pending US Supreme Court case on the
issue of the constitutionality of mandatory campaign spending limits.
Bonifaz is helping to defend a Vermont campaign spending limits law
that presents the first opportunity in 30 years for the nation’s
highest court to revisit the question of unlimited campaign spending. A
ruling from the Supreme Court is expected by the end of June.
The first candidate to officially declare his candidacy for Secretary
of State, Bonifaz launched his campaign last December. He founded the
National Voting Rights Institute in 1994 and for over a decade has been
a powerful voice and dedicated leader working with people throughout
Massachusetts and across the country to protect the right to vote,
demand a full recount in Ohio, overhaul the nation's campaign finance
system and broaden citizen participation in the democratic process.