Fiona Ma's cash machine


Why does Assembly member Fiona Ma take on odd causes like ending rent control for trailer parks?

Maybe it's because almost 90 percent of the money she raises comes from outside her district. From the Chron today:

But San Francisco's Fiona Ma, who was elected in 2006 and quickly rose to power within the Democratic Caucus, took the top spot when it came to sheer cash collected out of district: $1.68 million. Ma, now speaker pro tempore, raised more campaign cash from outside her district than either of the leaders of both houses. Her outside contributions made up 88 percent of the money she raised, placing her 29th in funds raised outside the district. Ma attributed the prolific fundraising to her involvement in statewide issues, such as high-speed rail, agriculture and domestic violence, that take her on the road. She said that as a member of the Assembly's Democratic leadership - and someone from a safe Democratic district - she funnels a lot of money to other candidates. But she said the interests of her San Francisco constituents are well served because her high profile helps her promote those interests.


This is a perfect example of why campaign financing should be limited to public funds. We have the best government money can buy, and that won't change until the legalized bribery called private campaign contributions comes to an end.

Posted by Jeff Hoffman on May. 18, 2010 @ 11:35 pm

doesn't elect the people you agree with?

Posted by glen matlock on May. 19, 2010 @ 12:26 am

I read that as an example as to how both parties are owned be special interests, you took it as an example as to how people you don't like are owned by special interests you don't like.

Posted by glen matlock on May. 19, 2010 @ 12:25 am

Fiona Ma is a joke. She pays a fortune monthly to her political consultants even in off years, and she's useless on the westside like Leland Yee. Two dull corporate cashouts that will get higher office when the bay guardian endorses them like they endorse Kamala.

Thank GOD the Chronicle was on this issue - not like I'd read it here!

Posted by Fiona Ma's Foolishness on May. 19, 2010 @ 11:33 pm

even after knowing her record and criticizing Ma many times. (Didn't she refuse to be interviewed by The Guardian?) Yet, The Guardian still endorsed her, so first you will have to explain or --as most liberals end up doing when backing a ruling class party-- rationalize such a decision. That you feign some kind of surprise, outrage, and/or indignation is just ridiculous. (Same with Steve Jones on Obama.)

Posted by Michael Worrall on May. 20, 2010 @ 6:35 am

Although we don't agree on where politicians should govern from on the spectrum, we can agree that it is amazing to see in action people shocked at their own sides craven behavior.

Posted by Mr Matlock on May. 20, 2010 @ 10:10 am