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Democracy Dollars

Democracy Dollars

October 25, 2019 – New Mexico in Focus takes a closer look at Albuquerque’s plan for a public campaign finance voucher system, termed “Democracy Dollars.” Advocates say it’s a way to counteract the influence of money from a few wealthy donors who finance candidates for city elections. Detractors say it’s a misguided effort that would be applied too broadly and unfairly favor organizing committees who would snap up vouchers and give them to candidates. To discuss the pros and cons of the proposal, Senior Producer Matt Grubs sits down, separately, with advocate Eric Griego of the New Mexico Working Families Party and Pat Rogers, a local attorney and conservative advocate.

Eric Griego, New Mexico Working Families Party
Pat Rogers, attorney

For Further Reading:

Democracy Dollars Information – City of Albuquerque

Democracy Dollars Proposal Document – City of Albuquerque

2019 Local Election Ballot Questions – City of Albuquerque

Democracy Dollars #Burque Bucks – Democracy Dollars website

Vote No: Albuquerque Democracy Dollars – Anti- Democracy Dollars website

Seattle’s Version of Democracy Dollars – Seattle Government

The Line: Santa Fe & Albuquerque Look At Public Campaign Financing Changes

1208 Line Campaign Finance

August 24, 2018 – Public campaign financing was in the news this week, as both Santa Fe and Albuquerque looked at different ways of augmenting publically funded campaigns. The City of Santa Fe is looking at a proposal that would allow publicly funded candidates to receive small donations that would then be doubled by the city’s campaign finance fund. And in Albuquerque, the Democracy Dollars initiative would allow registered voters in the city $25 in coupons to contribute to a publicly funded candidate of their choice. Bernalillo County Commissioners voted down the proposal to add it to the November general election ballot, but enough residents signed the petition to hold a special election.

Gene Grant this week leads the Line opinion panelists in a debate the merits and drawbacks of public campaign financing and these proposed new initiatives.

Line Panelists:

Jeffrey Candelaria, Konnection Now & host on KKOB

Adrian Carver, executive director, Equality New Mexico

Dan Foley, former House minority whip

Sophie Martin, attorney