New Mexico's governor vetoed a small donor matching program for state elections, claiming it was unconstitutional. But those concerns are unwarranted, and the U.S. Supreme Court has made clear these programs are wholly consistent with the First Amendment.
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.