H.R. 1 passed on the U.S. House floor with a 220-210 vote! Next up is the U.S. Senate -- as S. 1 -- where the vote could be even closer. We need to keep the momentum going and start contacting our Senators to convince them to sign on as co-sponsors and vote YES on S. 1.
Contact your U.S. Senator and encourage them to support a YES vote on S. 1
To contact your U.S. Senator:
For the full text of the House version of the bill, please click here (791 pages).
For a simple section-by-section summary of the bill, please click here (26 pages).
If you missed the Town Hall on H.R. 1 with Congressman Jason Crow, Senator Michael Bennet, CleanSlateNow, and End Citizens United, please click here to view the recording.
To see a recording of the March 24, 2021 Senate Rules and Administration Committee hearing on S. 1, please click here.
Highlights of H.R. 1/S. 1:
Why Public Financing of Elections in Fort Collins?
•Knock down real or perceived financial barriers to entry.
•Counter the perception that Council decisions are influenced by campaign contributions. • •Eventually puts a ceiling on all campaign spending; which only happens when everyone participates.
Highlights of Proposal for Publicly Financed Elections in Fort Collins
Bottom Line: Candidates who opt-in will receive dollar-for-dollar matching funds for up to 50% of the proposed expenditure limit.
•Candidate must have at least one opponent on the ballot
•Candidate must raise at least 10% of the expenditure limit from contributions of no more than $25. •Candidate can accept qualifying contributions only from natural persons (no corporations, unions, PACs, etc.).
•Qualifying contributions can only be made by residents of the City of Fort Collins.
Once Eligibility is met, Candidate agrees to:
•Limit expenditures to:
•$25,000 for Mayoral candidates
•$15,000 for Council candidates
•Accept contributions only from natural persons.
•Contribute to their own campaign no more than ten percent (10%) of the expenditure limit from their own personal wealth.
•Return any unexpended campaign funds to the City up to the amount given to the candidate in public funds.
•Agree to participate in one public forum.
Aurora residents deserve a campaign finance system that is transparent and fair. They want a democracy where everyone’s voice is heard and everyone plays by fair and common sense rules. Aurora has an opportunity to adopt best practices that have been implemented in many Colorado municipalities that will bring our campaign finance system into the modern era and make the system work better for all Aurora residents.
To that end, the Aurora Campaign Finance Coalition (CleanSlateNow Action, Colorado Common Cause, Colorado Working Families Party, Indivisible Colorado CD6, DSA Colorado, Our Revolution Metro Denver, and PDA Colorado) is working with Aurora City Council and other Aurora city officials to improve and modernize Aurora’s outdated campaign finance laws.The new city ordinance, if adopted, makes the following improvements:
Establishes New Limits on Campaign Contributions & Use of Campaign Funds
CreatesTransparency for Campaign Contributions & Expenditures
Provides for Greater Oversight & Enforcement of City Campaign Finance Law
Creates Clear & Comprehensive Definitions of Key Terms
Publicly Financed Campaign Model Also Under Consideration
The coalition continues to welcome feedback and input on the Crystordinance. Our democracy is stronger when we all participate, and this ordinance is no exception. Together we can reform and improve our campaign finance system with laws that amplify the voices of everyday Coloradans, require strong disclosure, improve trust in our elections, and make sure everyone plays by the same common sense rules.
Aurora Residents -- Make Your Voice Heard
Please contact your Ward City Council member, the At-Large Council Members, and the Mayor to express your support for campaign finance reform in Aurora.
Crystal Murillo, Ward !: 303.739.7502 (council office); Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayor Pro Tem Nicole Johnston, Ward II: 303.739.7506 (office); Email: email@example.com
Marsha Berzins,Ward III: 303.739.7508 (office), 720.838.3762 (cell); Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Juan Marcano, Ward IV: 303.739.7015 (office), 720.634.6927 (cell); Email: email@example.com
Alison Coombs, Ward V: 303.739.7015 (office), 720.505.3332 (cell); Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Francoise Bergan, Ward VI: 303.739.7015 (office), 720.465.1830 (c); E-mail: email@example.com
Curtis Gardner, At-Large: 303.739.7015 (office), 720.505.4312 (cell); Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Gruber, At-Large: 303.739.7514 (council office); Email: email@example.com
Allison Hiltz, At-Large: 720.767.2685 (cellphone); Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Angela Lawson, At-Large: 303.739.7518 (offic), 720.244.6932 (othr); Email: email@example.com
Mike Coffman, Mayor: 303.739.7015 (council office)M; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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