New report on democracy vouchers: Exploring Reform

Today, Los Angeles for Democracy Vouchers is excited to release our new publication, “Exploring Reform: A Compendium of Research, Reports, and Modeling of Democracy Vouchers in Los Angeles.” This report analyzes the source of money in the City of Los Angeles’ politics dating back to 2001, outlines what a democracy

9 months ago

SIGN-ON REQUEST: Motion to study establishing democracy vouchers in LA

Just over a month ago, LA City Councilmembers introduced a motion to study the feasibility of establishing a democracy vouchers program in the City of Los Angeles, including options for full public financing. This was a huge step towards empowering more Angelenos to participate in our democracy—but now we

a year ago

LA City Councilmembers introduce motion to study democracy vouchers

Exciting news out of LA City Council last week: On Friday, Councilmember Nithya Raman, Councilmember Hugo Soto-Martinez, and Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson co-introduced a motion to study the feasibility of establishing a democracy vouchers program in Los Angeles City. We're grateful for Councilmember Raman's leadership spearheading this

a year ago

New report on democracy vouchers: Empowering Los Angeles

Today, LA for Democracy Vouchers has published “Empowering Los Angeles: Increasing civic participation and donor diversity through democracy vouchers.” This report details money in the 2022 Los Angeles City Council and citywide elections, and how democracy vouchers would help create a more equitable system. Echoing our 2020 findings, money in

a year ago

Let the unwealthy participate in politics

When I ran for City Council in 2020 against seasoned politician Mark Ridley-Thomas, I learned that money’s influence in our local politics runs deeper than I had thought. As an incumbent L.A. County supervisor, he had an unending stream of funds to reach voters. Meanwhile, I campaigned door

2 years ago

Why you should care about money in LA politics

Money in Los Angeles politics is a big problem. It doesn’t have to be – a new system called “democracy vouchers” would help ordinary people donate to campaigns. LA City’s 2020 elections set records for most expensive primary [https://laist.com/news/lausd-primary-most-expensive-ever-election-2020-independent-expenditure-update] and general election for a non-mayoral

2 years ago