Fund the DC Fair Elections Bill

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 toward ensuring the needs of residents are prioritized and addressed. This bill is good for both candidates and voters. Just as we invest in housing, schools and roads, we need to invest in our democracy.


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DC Councilmembers and Mayor Bowser,

Over the past few years, residents across the District of Columbia have taken a stand to empower everyday people in our democracy by urging the D.C. Council to pass the Fair Elections Act. More than 5,000 DC residents, 80+ community leaders, and 70 + community organizations have mobilized to support Fair Elections.

Please support and fully fund the Fair Elections Act of 2017. Fair Elections represents a small but critical investment in making sure our elections are more open, inclusive, and equitable for D.C. residents.


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Mayor Muriel Bowser

Phil Mendelson, Chairman

Anita Bonds, At Large

David Grosso, At Large

Elissa Silverman, At Large

Robert White, Jr, At Large

Brianne Nadeau, Ward 1

Jack Evans, Ward 2

Mary Cheh, Ward 3

Brandon Todd, Ward 4

Kenyan McDuffie, Ward 5

Charles Allen, Ward 6

Vincent C. Gray, Ward 7

Trayon White, Sr., Ward 8

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.

The  Fair Elections Act of 2017 was passed in First (Jan 9, 2018) and Final (Feb, 6, 2018) Readings by the Council of the District with all council-members voting in favor. 

It is currently on the mayor's desk to

Our goal right now is to ensure the legislations is filled funded in the DC Budget for Fiscal Year 2019. 

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.