September 2014 Enews

MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER...DM FIELD STAFF…DM FACEBOOK...NEW BOOK...CONGRESSIONAL FUNDRAISING...IDEA OF THE MONTH...MONEY ON MY MIND…QUOTE OF THE MONTH…FACTS YOU CAN USE A MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER Welcome to Democracy Matters and E-News 2014. Students in DM campus chapters from Massachusetts to California and Texas to Minnesota are planning great events to mobilize campus political engagement to get big money out of politics and people back in! Fifty years after students played a critical role in the Civil Rights Movement, I’m so proud that Democracy Matters students are continuing the fight to deepen our democracy. Join me in reading our E-News every month to celebrate our victories, keep up on the latest happenings, and help us make democracy work for everyone – fairer, more inclusive, and of, by and for the people. Read more about ... Read More


New York, New York

In New York City, candidates for city offices who voluntarily choose to participate in that city’s public funding system receive $6.00 in public funds for each $1.00 received in small donations (up to a limit of $3.5 million for mayoral candidates). In that system, a small donation is defined as the first $175 a city resident contributes to a candidate. Participating candidates must also observe limits on their spending and on the contributions they accept. The level of such limitations differs according to the office they seek. Candidates for mayor can accept the most money but other office-seekers less. There is much to approve of in that system, created in 1988. The New York City Campaign Finance Board argues that the system it administers “has enabled New Yorkers to choose leaders who reflect and understand the city’s evolving needs.” That system, it goes on, has “helped ensure that voters, not money, ... Read More