Councilmember Silverman Introduces Bill to Increase Election Transparency and Accountability in the District
Posted by Ashley Fox on December 01, 2015 at 2:38 PM
Today, At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman introduced the Clean Elections Amendment Act of 2015 to strengthen District laws that ensure elections are financed fairly and transparently. The legislation, co-introduced by Councilmembers Charles Allen, Mary Cheh and Brianne Nadeau, intends to make compliance with campaign finance laws simpler, as well as increase public confidence in the integrity of District elections and associated fundraising.
“We have all run campaigns. We know that they are fast-moving. Making the financial contribution rules simple, transparent, and uncomplicated makes compliance easier,” said Silverman when introducing the bill.
Under the legislation, District law would clearly outline when election contributions to political action committees and other groups would be considered independent expenditures and when they would be considered coordinated with or controlled by candidates or public officials.Read more