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Money & Influence 03.1.2016

Local Campaign Contribution Limits

Report

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.

Voting & Elections 02.1.2016

Full Service Voting: Optimizing the Voter Experience

Report

Voter participation in the United States is plummeting. In California, there is a widening gap between the number eligible voters and the number of voters who successfully cast a ballot. During the 2014 midterm elections, California set a record low for voter turnout in a regularly scheduled general election; only 42.2 percent of registered voters. In an effort to address waning civic participation, some states have adopted modern technology and procedures that make the voting process more streamlined and accessible to a wider audience of voters.

Voting & Elections 07.16.2015

RE: AB 277 – California Voting Rights Act of 2001 – SUPPORT

Letter

Dear Assemblymember Hernández, On behalf of California Common Cause and our members, I am writing with a letter of support for AB 277, which codifies the holding in Jauregui v. City of Palmdale (2014) 226 Cal.App.4th 781 that the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) applies to charter cities and counties.

Voting & Elections 07.6.2015

RE: Senate Bill 589 – Voter Registration: Individuals with Disabilities and Conservatees – SUPPORT

Letter

Dear Senator Block, On behalf of California Common Cause and our members, I am writing with a letter of support for SB 589, which strengthens voting rights protections for individuals with disabilities and conservatees.

Voting & Elections 07.6.2015

RE: AB 254 – Election Dates – SUPPORT

Letter

Dear Assemblymember Hernández, On behalf of California Common Cause and our members, I am writing with a letter of support for AB 254, which will require local elections to be held in June or November of odd or even-numbered years. By eliminating two possible local election dates, AB 254 creates additional opportunities for general law cities to consolidate their elections with higher-turnout state elections.

Voting & Elections 06.23.2015

RE: AB 1100 – Ballot Initiatives: Filing Fees – SUPPORT

Letter

Dear Assemblymembers Low and Bloom, On behalf of California Common Cause and our members, I am writing with a letter of support for Assembly Bill 1100, which adjusts for inflation the filing fee to circulate initiative or referendum petitions from $200 to $2,500.

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