Small Donations Would Pack Bigger Punch Under Local Election Reform

San Francisco’s public financing program, once a national model, has become one of the weakest such programs in the country.  The city’s Board of Supervisors will consider a proposal this week that would create a $6-to-$1 match on small contributions, tripling the city’s existing $2-to-$1 match.  While increasing the match and spending cap, the proposal would also lower the maximum matchable contribution to $150.  The purpose of this reform to the city’s nearly 20-year-old system is to “disincentivize candidates from chasing big-dollar supporters and to reach more voters, which they would have more time to do by not fundraising as much.”

Source: SF Weekly

Date: September 11, 2019

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