Reclaiming our Politics: The Rising Power of Small Donors and Publicly Financed Elections

Proposed panel for Netroots Nation 2019

The movement to reclaim our elections from big money is rapidly growing – and winning. States and cities like Connecticut, Seattle, and Baltimore are proving that small donor-driven and publicly financed elections are returning power to voters and bolstering diverse candidates from all walks of life. Come learn how states and cities are leading the fight to shift the balance of who holds political power by strengthening the voice and role of small donors and limiting the influence of big money in elections with innovative publicly financing programs.
  • Submitted by: Liz Dupee
  • Moderator: Liz Dupee
  • Panelists: Gary Winfield, Joanne Antoine, Miles Tokunow, Spencer Olson

What are the takeaways for people who attend this panel? Why is this panel important to the progressive movement?

Attendees will learn how publicly financed elections are transforming campaigns and government, and how they empower people from all walks of life to get more engaged in our democracy as small donors or candidates. The panel will discuss the differences among the various programs, from democracy vouchers to small donor matches to public grants, that now exist and the lessons learned winning, implementing, and defending these innovative policies.

Why should the Netroots Nation community vote for your session?

With strengthening momentum for a robust democracy that responds to people and not big money, progressives have an opportunity to expand public financing programs and in turn strengthen other causes we support. We are proposing a dynamic and useful conversation showing why publicly financed elections are proving popular with voters, what it means for our movements, and how innovative new small donor programs are changing politics at the local, state, and national levels for years to come.

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