In August 2016, Cambridge Residents for Responsible Elections organized an educational campaign finance reform presentation for the Neighborhood and Long-Term Planning Committee of the Cambridge City Council.
We brought in Pam Wilmot from Common Cause, Ron Fein from Free Speech for People, and Alyson Heimer with the New Haven Democracy Fund (New Haven, CT currently has a publicly funded elections program). Each of these individuals discussed how such a system could work in Cambridge. Councilors Dennis Carlone, Jan Devereux, Nadeem Mazen, and Mark McGovern asked questions and heard Cambridge residents during public comment.
Although the debate about instituting campaign finance reform in Cambridge was tabled with mixed opinions on how to proceed, we’re continuing the conversation about the role of money in politics.