Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Clean Money victory

Full public financing of elections is on its way! By an 11-0 vote, the City Council passed the motion that I introduced with Bill Rosendahl and Wendy Greuel. City staff have 90 days to create an opt-in system that will allow candidates to forgo private donations in exchange for a set amount of public campaign funds; then the full program will come back for another vote. Public financing gives elected officials a chance to put down the phone with fundraisers and spend more time addressing the needs of the community. And I'd rather devote my attention to our city's deep potholes than to its deep pockets.

UPDATE: An opinion piece on this subject that I co-authored with Councilmembers Greuel and Rosendahl is running in the Daily News.