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Money & Influence 08.1.2018

Public Financing of Campaigns: People-Powered Elections

Report

Public financing of campaigns are programs that provide public funds to help candidates run for office. In exchange, candidates voluntarily agree to meet certain qualifications and adhere to various restrictions. They can be used to fund candidates for a local city council all the way up to the President of the United States. Funding is determined by the jurisdiction; sometimes funding comes out of the general fund and sometimes it is paid for by a specific revenue source, like a parcel tax. Numerous states and cities have enacted public financing such as Arizona, Maine, New York City, Los Angeles City, and Seattle. There are a number of public financing systems, small donor matching funds, vouchers and clean money.

Money & Influence 07.15.2016

Re: SB 1107 (Allen) Political Reform Act of 1974 – SUPPORT

Letter

Dear Senator Allen: On behalf of the City of Oakland, I am writing in strong support of Senate Bill 1107 (Allen) The Political Reform Act of 1974, which would restore much needed control to local governments and the state to enact new options for election campaign funding.

Money & Influence 04.7.2016

RE: Senate Bill 1107 – Accountable Elections – SUPPORT

Letter

Dear Senator Allen, On behalf of California Common Cause and our members, I am writing with a letter of support for Senate Bill 1107, which would restore control to local governments and the state to enact new options for election campaign funding.

Money & Influence 03.30.2016

RE: Senate Bill 1349 (Hertzberg) – Cal-Access Modernization – SUPPORT

Letter

Dear Chair Allen, The undersigned organizations write to support Senate Bill 1349, which would direct the Secretary of State to modernize Cal-Access, California’s online system for campaign finance filing and disclosure. This necessary upgrade would make the system more reliable, better inform voters, and simplify compliance by campaigns. Modernizing Cal-Access would increase the transparency of campaign financing without requiring new disclosure rules, simply by providing easier public access to the information that campaigns already report.

Money & Influence 03.29.2016

RE: Senate Bill 1349 – Cal-Access Modernization – SUPPORT

Letter

Dear Senator Hertzberg, On behalf of California Common Cause and our members, I am writing with a letter of support for Senate Bill 1349, which would direct the Secretary of State to modernize Cal-Access, the online system for campaign finance filing and disclosure. Thank you for your leadership on this bill.

Money & Influence 03.1.2016

Local Campaign Contribution Limits

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The Supreme Court has held that campaign contribution limits are a legitimate means of “deal[ing] with the reality or appearance of corruption inherent in a system permitting unlimited financial contributions.” Campaign contribution limits help to ensure that candidates are not overly reliant on a few wealthy donors to finance their campaigns. With a cap on individual contributions, candidates must also build a broader base of smaller contributions to be viable. As of 2014, the federal government and 38 states had enacted campaign contribution limits. Thirty-four states have also enacted local campaign contribution limits.

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