By Mary Marlow
For the past ten years the Transparency Project has researched and reported on the increasing amount of PAC money spent on Santa Monica City Council elections.
It took increasing amounts of contributions or a candidate's personal money to win. The more money spent; the better the chances of getting elected. The same with endorsements from SMRR, unions, political parties and prominent elected officials.
Until 2020, when voters upended the system ("Santa Monica Voters Usher In New Era," November 6, 2020).
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