Los Angeles City Councilmembers Bill Rosendahl, Eric Garcetti and Wendy Gruel joined election reform advocates from the California Clean Money Campaign to call for a “clean money” law that is designed to help get “special interest” contributions out of local elections and restore voter faith in public officials.
The three councilmembers jointly introduced a motion this week to be heard by the City Council.
“We need ‘clean money’ to rescue our democracy from the stranglehold of special interests,” said Rosendahl, who represents the local Council District 11.
“Removing money from the process is an essential step in giving government and politics back to the people,” he said.
A “clean money” system would convert the practice in the City of Los Angeles of a partial public financing system to full public financing of election campaigns.
The proposal seeks to level the campaign playing field and make politicians more accountable to voters rather than to their large campaign contributors, Rosendahl said.
State elections in Arizona and Maine have “clean money” options, supporters of the proposal said.
The motion introduced Tuesday, July 26th, directs the city chief legislative analyst to report back to the City Council within 90 days on the feasibility and potential costs of implementing a “clean money” campaign system in Los Angeles for all elected offices in the city.