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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: Are Democracy Dollars A Fix For Public Financing of Campaigns

1312 Line Democracy Dollars

September 20, 2019 – In November, Albuquerque will ask voters to approve changes to the city’s public campaign finance system. Each of two proposals would add 75 cents to the dollar-per-voter level the city uses now. That would mean hundreds of thousands of dollars extra for candidates who qualify. One proposal would also provide $25 vouchers for Democracy Dollars, which would allow voters to donate to the publicly financed candidate of their choice.

Line Panelists:
Dan Foley, Former State Representative
Sophie Martin, Attorney
Janice Arnold-Jones, Former State Representative
Michael Barrio, Prosperity Works

For Further Reading:

Ballot Questions Seek to Raise Tax Dollars for Mayoral CandidatesAlbuquerque Journal

Seattle’s PlanSeattle Times

PACs and Public FinancingSeattle Times