I spoke to Phil Lopes this weekend, and his story is now up as a guest blog post on johnbonifaz.com.
- "In 2002, clean elections made my [to run for office] decision much easier, because I knew what I had to do: talk to voters. That's much better than having to ask people for money. [...] That's one of the real attractions of it: Once I raised my 220 contributions in June, I never had to ask for money again. All I did from then on, was talk to voters about the issues - knowing that all my opponents had the same resources as I did."
"... public perception is that those who give money get special attention. That perception will never change. With clean elections you don't have that. And because those lobbyists have not given you money, they have no expectation that they'll get extra attention; that gives me as a legislator an enormous sense of freedom."
If you post on some other blog linking to this or quoting from it, I'd love to see your post. Comment here?
-- Cos, John Bonifaz's campaign blogger -- Why won't Bill Galvin debate?