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.
public campaign financing
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.
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.
An Oakland ballot measure creating a public campaign financing option and strengthening transparency in election spending passed with strong support.
A ballot measure would create a public campaign financing option in Oakland, called "Democracy Dollars," and increase transparency of who is spending to influence city elections.
The measure in Portland would institute a public campaign financing option similar to one already in place in the state, as well as prohibit corporate contributions and spending by foreign-controlled groups.