D.C. Council unanimously votes to create public campaign finance program

January 9, 2018 | | The Washington Post |

The D.C. Council unanimously backed publicly financed campaigns Tuesday, a move lauded by clean-government advocates in a city long plagued by its association with a pay-to-play culture.[...]

If the D.C. Council approves the measure in a final vote expected next month, the District would join nearly 30 other jurisdictions — including Montgomery County, New York City and San Francisco — with a public finance system, according to Demos, a left-leaning think tank. [...]

Donors in local elections do not reflect city demographics, a 2016 report by Demos found.