Curb Big Money in Politics Through Small Donor Matching Public Financing
Public financing is good for candidates and voters alike. The expense of running for office can discourage talented and promising candidates from entering public life if they lack personal resources or the support of large donors. By reducing financial barriers, public financing helps to encourage all qualified candidates to compete. It also helps to ensure that citizens receive the best possible representation. By lessening the need to court special interests, public financing programs can promote interaction between candidates and the diverse constituents they seek to represent — which makes politics work better for everyone. And once elected, publicly financed candidates are accountable to the many individual donors who have supported them, rather than a wealthy few. As Richmond, California councilmember and public financing recipient Jovanka Beckles observed in a 2016 interview with the Brennan Center, “When you take money from the public, you are beholden to the public only, a...
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