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California Takes Major Step Toward Citizen-Funded Elections

September 29, 2016

Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation to give citizens a greater voice in California’s democracy. With the U.S. Congress gridlocked, California is leading a wave of pro-democratic reforms passed at the state and local level across the country. Senate Bill 1107, by Sen. Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, gives local governments and the state the choice to enact citizen-funded election programs. California Common Cause sponsored the bill with the California Clean Money Campaign.

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Small Donor Public Financing

August 22, 2016

From Seattle to New York, cities throughout the country are adopting small donor public financing programs to boost public participation, improve the way candidates campaign and raise money, and engage a broader array of citizens in the political process.

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