In March 2017, DC councilmembers introduced a bill to establish a small-donor empowerment program in DC. Candidates who agree to reject money from wealthy donors and special interests will receive funds matching what they've raised through small contributions.
"More than 60% of campaign contributions in recent cycles come from either non-District residents or corporations, while only 5% of campaign contributions come from D.C. residents giving $100 or less. D.C.’s donor class is older, whiter, wealthier, and more male than our population as a whole. More than 62% of Council and Mayoral donors are white, compared to 37% of D.C.’s population."
We are counting on the Judiciary Committee to schedule a markup this fall, ideally October so we have plenty of time to pass Fair Elections this year. Our supporters on the council are committed to making this happen but they need to hear from and see you to know that this remains a top priority for all of us.
Please join us for DC for Democracy’s Fair Elections meet up. Councilmember Charles Allen (confirmed), Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie (invited) and Councilmember Anita Bonds (invited) along with members of the coalition will be there to discuss how we can win the fight for a more inclusive democracy.
- When: Wednesday, October 11th from 6:30 - 9:00pm
- Where: Brookland Busboys & Poets, Brookland (625 Monroe St NE - near Brookland Metro).
Public Sign-on Letter
We are asking allies to add their name to and help us circulate an important sign-on letter. To help build momentum for markup and eventual passage, we want to make sure that the Mayor and the Council hear from local leaders who are concerned about racial equity and about the wellbeing of our democracy.
The sign-on letter is available here. Thanks in advance for circulating this around to your contacts. Below is a cover sheet/note that you should feel free edit as you see fit.
We're especially trying to get signatures from local leaders who:
- Lives and has a following or base in the District—preference for neighborhoods in the Southeast quadrant
- is or has been involved in DC city politics or activism/has with relationships with politicos
- has been written about in the local press
- is willing to circulate the letter around to their networks
- is connected to an important local institution or community group
D.C. Fair Elections is looking for local individuals to testify. If you have a member who would be interested in speaking, please email David Sanchez (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For any questions please contact Keshini Ladduwahetty at (202) 531-0615.
Email email@example.com for more information!