In association with BayPEC, California Common Cause is working to create a small-donor public financing program in Oakland. Residents would receive “democracy dollars,” which can be spent on donations to registered candidates during local elections. Recent elections in Oakland saw a majority of campaign donations to candidates in Oakland come from outside Oakland itself, demonstrating the need for a program that puts power back in the hands of the people via these democracy dollars.
San Jose and San Diego
California Common Cause is working with local community organizers in San Jose and San Diego to pass local small-donor public financing legislation. These reforms will shift power away from concentrated groups of wealthy donors and back towards the people as a whole, granting them the power to make donations to a campaign regardless of income.