For the government to work, we need competence and public trust. Nothing will restore public trust more than campaign finance reform. And a small donor matching system, like New York City's program, is critical.
We are thrilled that the governor has taken up the toughest challenge of all: meaningful campaign reform. We believe passionately: Small donor matching funds can give ordinary citizens the loudest voice even in the face of secret money and Super PACs.
Brennan Center counsel David Earley testified before the Seattle City Council, encouraging the city to adopt a small donor matching fund program modeled on New York City's public campaign financing system.
The Brennan Center works tirelessly to advance vital, national election reforms that protect and enhance our democratic system by expanding voter participation and curbing the influence of money in politics.
Congressional campaign finance reform champions have introduced three public campaign financing bills, each of which would greatly amplify the voices of small donors in federal elections. This chart compares and contrasts the major provisions of the legislation.