Sam Osborn: March 2011 Archives

Measure H and 'Pay to Play' Politics in Los Angeles

If approved on Tuesday, Measure H could go a long way toward preventing "pay-to-play" politics in Los Angeles, at least according to its supporters.

Specifically, the measure would prohibit bidders on city contracts worth $100,000 or more from contributing to city political campaigns.

"Measure H is one incremental step for getting money out of politics," said Jessica Levinson, director of political reform at the Center for Governmental Studies. "Measure H targets that group whose spending is most likely to give rise to actual or apparent corruption — city contractors."