Help Rein In Wealthy Donor Domination of District 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.

Send an email to members of the D.C. Council urging them to hold hearings on the D.C. Fair Elections Act immediately.

 

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I am writing to urge you to request a hearing in the Judiciary Committee on the D.C. Fair Elections bill, which would make matching funds available to candidates who seek small donations and reject campaign contributions from Big Business. 

Small donor public financing of elections has seen great success in New York City — and it represents a real commitment to amplifying the voices of small donors in local politics and diluting the influence of wealthy special interests. 

The consensus within the District is overwhelming. A City Paper poll found that 80% of D.C. residents support public financing of District elections and over 60 organizations — from D.C. Working Families and D.C. Sierra Club to D.C. Fair Budget Coalition and beyond — support the fair elections bill we are writing about.  I am calling on you to champion local democracy by voting for the DC Fair Elections Bill.

Thank you for your time.  Sincerely,