Fair Elections Laws: How Public Financing of Campaigns Can Empower Small Donors

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 7:30pm

Location: The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair 67 Church Street, Montclair, NJ 07042


  • Benjamin Brickner, Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
  • Rahna Epting, Chief of Staff, Every Voice and Every Voice Center
  • Adam Lioz, Counsel and Senior Advisor, Demos

The panelists will discuss current and proposed Fair Elections laws and what you can do now, including:

  • Impact of public financing of electoral campaigns on voter participation, candidate independence, diversity, and fairness of elections

  • New York City small donor system for financing municipal elections

  • Fair Elections-style legislation implemented in Connecticut, Maine and Arizona;

  • New Jersey public financing “pilot projects” of 2005 and 2007

  • Proposed Government by the People Act (H.R.20) and Fair Elections Now Act (H.R.269, 113th Congress) providing for public financing of congressional campaigns
  • Proposed constitutional amendment (S.J.Res.5) allowing the government to regulate the raising and spending of campaign finance contributions

Discussion to follow presentations.

This free program is part of the Restore Democracy series sponsored by: Peace and Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Montclair (UUCM) and Seeds of Peace of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship (MUF). It is being co-sponsored by: BlueWaveNJ; North Jersey Public Policy Network (NJPPN); and NJ Coalition for the Overturn of Citizens United.