Published On: Tue, Jun 22nd, 2021
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Policy Expert Fights Back Against Special Interest Groups in California

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Commentary Upton Sinclair was fond of saying, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” This is the key problem with legislators in California, according to a former state government insider. “It’s an unbelievably difficult game to win,” David Crane, special advisor to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger from 2004 to 2010, told The Epoch Times. “There’s hardly a state that is more poorly governed than California [because] legislators are not liberated from special interests to do the bidding of general interests.” The grip that funding from special interest groups holds on the State Legislature is the main reason why Crane launched Govern for California in 2011. The network of political philanthropists seeks to provide support for politicians who stand up on behalf of their constituents and speak out against single-interest legislation. “Legislators will often have to vote against the general …

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