160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PROPOSITION 34 is the gift state legislators gave to themselves back in 2000 – and it’s kept on giving ever since. Back then, politicians billed the measure as containing tough, new campaign-finance restrictions. They neglected to mention that it would replace tougher measures already on the books – thus loosening, not tightening, campaign-finance law. Seven years later, The Sacramento Bee has analyzed the impact of Proposition 34 and discovered that it’s arguably made the system more corrupt. Because the measure limited how much contributors could give to politicians, the special interests now funnel their money through the political parties instead. But the parties, which have become hotbeds of extremism due to gerrymandering, are probably an even greater obstacle to reform than the self-serving politicians themselves. They are institutions of obstruction, thriving on rancor and gridlock. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityLet voters learn from this one: Just because it’s called “reform” doesn’t mean it will make the government any better.