Miller's campaign finance about-face
The world eagerly awaits word on what on earth has changed Senate President Mike Miller's mind on public funding of State House campaigns. Gadi Dechter reported this morning that an increase in the contribution limits for private contributions may have been key, though the numbers they're talking about -- upping the individual limit from $4,000 to $4,400 per candidate per cycle and the total an individual can contribute to all candidates $10,000 to $15,000 -- don't seem like a huge increase, given how long the current limits have been in place.
And the reason Miller objected before -- the cost -- seems just as pressing now. Here's what he said in 2007, from an article I wrote at the time:
Miller said that even if the state could afford it, the symbolism would be poison with voters.
Said Miller: "How can we go to the public [next year] and ask for higher taxes and at the same time ask them to pay money to finance our campaigns?"