Letters to the Editor

Many thanks

The members of Citizens Congress would like to thank the many people who helped us bring national attention to San Luis Obispo by gathering groups and individuals from across the United States to explore the options for getting the undue influence of money out of politics.

A special thank you goes to Cal Poly for cosponsoring a standing-room-only event at the Alex and Faye Spanos Theatre that brought together Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig, former Chairman of the Federal Election Commission Trevor Potter, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hedrick Smith, and Citizens Congress Director Bill Ostrander to discuss the issues and solutions. Cal Poly College of Liberal Arts Dean Douglas Epperson and professor Michael Latner, who also moderated the event, were especially helpful.

The staff at The Cliffs Resort went out of their way to make sure everything ran smoothly. The Tribune gave excellent balanced coverage of the four-day event. Villicana Winery and Mama Ganache Artisan Chocolates were more than generous.

Finally, thank you to the many local participants, volunteers and contributors who made it possible for us to unite people from across the country in working toward enacting comprehensive changes in the way elections are financed.