September Council of Clubs meeting
September 21st at 10:00AM
IBEW Local 465, 7444 Trade St, San Diego, CA 92121 (map)

What political issue is most important to you? Gun control? Response to climate change? Healthcare for all? Affordable education?

Without campaign finance reform the ability of the holders of wealth to dictate our legislation will continue.

San Diego’s Voters’ Voice Initiative is a voter initiated referendum. There are other similar programs that have been implemented recently, notably the city of Seattle, Washington.

Amy Tobia of will present and explain how Democracy Dollars work.

Voter’s Voice Initiative Goals

1. Limit Special Interests’ Money

Engage more citizen participation in the democratic process by making it possible for every voter to be a campaign donor.

2. Represent San Diego

Enable qualified candidates who lack the wealth or support of big donors to compete for municipal office.

3. Increase Transparency

Establish an up-to-date City of San Diego web site for voters to easily access electoral information, campaign contributions and expenditures in real time.

Public financing of elections reduce corruption by ensuring that no particular donor has an out sized influence on the outcome of any election. San Diego’s Voters’ Voice Initiative seeks to bring public financing of elections to our city. The initiative will level the playing field and give every eligible voter the opportunity to join the donor class. The vehicle for this transformation is Democracy Dollars. 

How it Works:

  1. Provide every registered voter in the City of San Diego four $25 Democracy Dollars Certificates in the mail.
  2. To qualify Candidates must show grass roots support by
  • collecting a minimum of qualified signatures and contributions
  • For Mayor $10 from 600 eligible voters
  • For Candidates for City Attorney and City Council signatures a $10 from at least 200 eligible voter
  • Agreeing to new voluntary contribution limits ($500 for Mayor and $250 for City Attorney or City Council)
  • Participating in cablecast and live stream debates

             3.  Voters assign Democracy Dollars to Candidates.               

             4.  A Democracy Fund Administrator verifies signatures and gives each campaign their Democracy Dollars.               

             5.  Public reports on the City’s Public Access Portal shall provide transparency for the Democracy Dollars and all campaign contributions and expenditures.                

              6.  Participating candidates can use a logomark, a symbol signifying that they are participating candidate, on printed literature and television media and the logomark would be prominently displayed by the candidate’s name on the ballot.

Democracy Dollars

  • The Democracy Dollars Program is unique in that the “public” funds go directly to voters
  • Candidates must quality to receive Democracy Dollars by showing public support for their candidacy
  • Democracy Dollars are simple. Each coupon is good for a $25 contribution to a candidate you choose

Club Endorsement Rules

The Central Committee on August 20th passed a new policy that clubs must follow in order for their Associate Member to vote in an Area Recommendation Endorsement meeting.


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