Posted by Elissa Silverman on June 29, 2017 at 12:31 PM
I have been looking forward to this hearing for a long time.
First, thank you to Councilmember Grosso and his staff for introducing versions of a small donor match bill in 2013 and in 2015. I think with this bill in 2017, the third time’s a charm. I am thrilled to see nine colleagues co-introduce this version.
Thank you, as well, to Chairman Allen, for prioritizing this legislation and the additional campaign finance bills you will be holding a hearing on in coming days.
My biggest thanks is to the many DC residents who have collected signatures, door-knocked, phone-called, and worked so hard to make campaign finance reform of urgent importance. I have some insight into how difficult a task this is when I worked with some of you in the very hot summer of 2012 to bring a voter initiative to the ballot, Initiative 70, which would have allowed only individuals to contribute to candidates in DC elections. I am still a believer in that approach, because I think that it is fair, transparent, and simple to enforce. Yet I am equally enthusiastic about a small-donor match program because in states and cities where it has been implemented it has proven to achieve several reforms desperately needed in the District of Columbia:Read more