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  1. Ilse Hadda

    I have a suggestion about changing campaign financing, but don’t know, whether it
    is doable! Would it be possible to change campaign financing to let every candidate running for office have equal amounts of money taken out of taxes, instead of the present system which is extremely unfair (in terms of the rich having too much influence and also very time consuming for the candidates) (Of course, should this be doable, taxes would need to be raised somewhat!)
    I would appreciate getting a response!
    Thank you,
    Ilse Hadda

    1. lfranklin Post author

      Sorry for the delay in responding. I just saw this comment from you.
      The Berkeley Fair Campaign Practices Commission (FCPC) will hold a public workshop April 23rd on proposed
      changes to the City Charter and the Berkeley Election Reform Act to allow for public financing of local elections.
      The workshop will be at 7 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave. This issue was referred by
      council to the FCPC last year, the FCPC is now seeking public input before making a recommendation to council for
      the November 2016 ballot.
      In addition, BCA will be holding a forum on Fair elections in the Fall.

    2. lfranklin Post author

      Ilsa: Your idea comes before city council on November 10th: A proposal to use city general funds to support candidates for city offices, when candidates agree to accept less money from donors. Please go to November 10th on our Calendar on this website to see the location and time of the meeting.
      Thank you for your interest in this question.

    3. Phoebe

      Dear Ilse, At last night’s City Council meeting (4/5/16) , an agenda item was for them to put a measure on the ballot for public financing of local campaigns. It has been long in the making and, although one Councilmember questioned the financing, I think it passed. It was a long very lively meeting which you may watch online:
      Thanks for your inquiry and excellent suggestion.


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