When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that money was speech, and any limit on independent campaign spending was improper, most observers correctly foresaw the imminent creation of massive and secretive political action committees weaseling their way into races large and small.
Few, though, would have guessed the controversial Citizens United decision would one day affect races in Burbank. But that day is here.
The ruling begot the so-called Super PACs that accept and spend unlimited amounts on the campaigns they target, funded by donors able to give vast sums anonymously. This, in turn, leaves individual candidates scrambling to find their own money to compete, and dramatically increases the cost of running for office.