Support the DC Fair Elections Bill
Empower Small Donors in DC Elections
When candidates for the D.C. Council rely on large contributions from corporate interests, the needs of everyday District residents — like affordable housing, good schools and dependable public transportation — too often take a back seat once they are elected.
The D.C. Fair Elections bill would go a long way toward ensuring our needs are prioritized and addressed. This bill is good for both candidates and voters and just as we invest in housing, schools and roads, we need to invest in our democracy. Let’s keep the momentum going, and make sure the Council votes yes.
On Tuesday, January 9, the full Council will hold their first vote on Fair Elections. If passed, this program would empower voters and lower barriers to participating in our democracy, promote racial and economic equity in our local elections, and amplify the voices of residents.
Call or email members of the D.C. Council to tell them that you are counting on them to vote for and fully fund Fair Elections.
What the Bill Does
The Fair Elections Act of 2017 is a small donor empowerment program providing limited public matching funds at a 5:1 ratio to candidates who agree not to accept contributions over $100. This system would put voters back in the driver’s seat of our elections by allowing candidates relying on small donors to compete with big money candidates. Instead of dialing for dollars in search of the biggest checks, candidates could fund their campaigns by appealing to everyday constituents.
Why it Matters
One person, one vote: That’s how we’re taught elections in our democracy are supposed to work. Candidates should compete to win our votes by revealing their vision, credentials and capabilities. We, the people then get to decide who should represent us.
Except these days there's another election: Call it the money election. And in the money election, most people don’t have any say at all. Instead, a few super-wealthy individuals and corporations back the candidates they think will raise enough money to run the kind of high-priced campaign it takes to win.
Push back against the tide of big money by strengthening the voices of everyday Americans and encourage increased participation.
"D.C. Fair Elections will empower D.C. voters and lower barriers to participating in our democracy. As a constituent, I’m asking you to vote “yes” this Tuesday when the bill comes for a vote before the entire Council. "
Thank you for making a difference!
Council of the District of Columbia
You can send email, letters, or call Council-members directly.