Wayne Barrett's criticism of Gifford Miller's decision not to participate in the Campaign Finance Program ["A Question of Candor," January 22] places me in the awkward position of having to defend my recent opponent. First, Barrett made at least one factual error: I was not "the Republican-Liberal nominee in [Miller's] district." I was the Libertarian Party nominee in Council District 5; Robert Strougo was the Republican nominee. Miller was cross-endorsed by the Liberal Party.
More importantly, the CFP is a scam, and I applaud Miller for refusing to participate in it. My only reason for registering with the program was so I could qualify for the matching funds and then burn the check. (I never reached the minimum fundraising threshold, so I was unable to complete the stunt.) It is immoral to use taxpayers' money to fund a political campaign; and it would have been pointless for Miller to do so when he so clearly didn't need it.