O'Malley calls for public funding of elections
On November 4 at 8:35 a.m., Martin O'Malley arrived at the Secretary of State's office to officially file for the NH Primary. Strategically positioned at the door, I grasped his hand as he was leaving and recited my prepared remarks.
I said I was impressed with a film clip showing him on Wall Street, playing a guitar and singing an old Woody Guthrie song. My question was, How did he propose to reduce the influence of Big Money in politics to ensure that "This land really belongs to you and me"?
Governor O. replied that he had a 15-point plan on his website, which included campaign finance reform, and that -- among other things -- he would institute publicly funded elections for members of Congress within five years. (On checking his website later, I found his campaign reform proposals ran to four pages.)