CHARLOTTE LAWS - DREAM AND ACHIEVE TOGETHER
Clean Money: Better Elections
The Greater Valley Glen
Council hosted a Clean Money Workshop at
Months ago, the Los Angeles City Council Rules and Finance Committee said they wanted feedback from neighborhood councils before entertaining the issue of publicly funded elections and before asking the LA Ethics Commission to draft legislation. Thirty-five clean money workshops have been conducted around the city, and according to Gilbert and Ray, the input from participants has been enthusiastic and illuminating.
How might this process work? If a candidate opts to abide by public financing, he or she would be allowed to come up with seed money (to open a campaign office, make flyers, etc.) possibly not exceeding $10,000 for a City Council race or $25,000 for a Mayoral race. In order to qualify for the ballot and demonstrate his or her viability, the candidate would have to get a set number of five dollar donations (i.e. 750) from registered voters in his or her district. These donations would go directly to a common fund. Then all clean money candidates would be given an initial sum for their campaigns. They would be given matching funds later, if necessary, so as not to be outspent by opponents who have declined to participate in public financing. Eventually, privately financed candidates would realize it was not in their best interest to fundraise furiously because their clean money opponents would receive the same funds with no effort.
would be able to concentrate on ideas and communicate with voters, and the
amount of money spent on political campaigns would naturally decrease over
time. A statewide clean-money system would cost Californians $3 to $5 per
person; implementation citywide would cost less.
Voter turnout for the 2007
Charlotte Laws introducing workshop
Clean money means accountability to voters, not special interests. It gives the ordinary citizen access to candidates. It levels the playing field and increases voter participation. Contact www.caclean.org to participate in an upcoming workshop.
Published in City Watch on March 26, 2009.
Published in Valley Glen Voice on April 8, 2009
Published on California Clean Money Campaign website
Published on LA Newswire
Published in Buzzle.