As budget cuts jeopardize the launch of a public campaign financing program approved by Oakland voters, community groups are mobilizing at town halls with a plan to keep the program on schedule this year.
With funding approved in the state budget, a new program that matches small-dollar donations could allow candidates to run campaigns supported by everyday New Yorkers.
The Democracy for the People Act also makes Minnesota the first state to ban election spending by foreign-influenced corporations.
Advocates for a groundbreaking New York public campaign financing program await word of its funding level in the "Big Ugly" budget bill.
Barely one percent of funding in the mayoral race has come from small donors, according to the nonpartisan group Reform for Illinois, but reform proposals have the support of both candidates.
While community groups work to mobilize voters, a deluge of TV ads is set to make Wisconsin's the most expensive state supreme court race ever.
The Democracy for the People Act, backed by a coalition of Minnesota groups, would also increase disclosure of political spending in state races.