In 2016, a report from the progressive think tank Demos found that most campaign dollars in local elections were coming from contributors who are white, male and high-income.
In the media
Martin Austermuhle
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Black couple looking out at Baltimore waterfront
Baltimore’s campaign donors lack diversity across race, gender, and socioeconomic status. The Baltimore Fair Election Fund, designed with equity and community engagement at the forefront, can change that.
Blog
Laura Williamson
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stacks of one-hundred-dollar bills with camera focus on the phrase "The United States of America"
Campaign finance reforms help address the racial and economic injustices that continue to plague our democracy.
Blog
Laura Williamson
Mark Huelsman
Emmanuel Caicedo
Why New York State must act now on climate justice and public financing of elections.
In the media
Amshula K. Jayaram
Adrien Salazar
Our current system of campaign finance reform suppresses the political power of people of color and that lack of political power has had proven, lasting consequences.
Testimony and Public Comment
Amshula K. Jayaram
The white, wealthy donor class that fuels Baltimore's elections
Research
Laura Williamson
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The marquee bill, which features improvements to voting, campaign finance, and ethics laws, addresses the deep political, racial, and economic inequalities that plague our democracy.
Press release
K. Sabeel Rahman
The study finds that Baltimore’s campaign funds are dominated by developers, businesses, PACs, and other special interests.
Press release
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A system of Fair Elections for New York State will not only allow for candidates from diverse communities to compete, but it will help build lasting political power for communities of color.
Press release