Residents of Denver delivered a resounding victory for “The Democracy For The People Act,” a new ordinance aimed at getting the corrupting influence of big money out of local politics and offering Denver voters a new “Fair Elections Fund” to level the playing field in political campaigns and take wealth and the access to wealth out of the equation of running for office.
With approximately 48 percent of Denver’s active voters casting votes before Election Day, the 7 p.m. release of the early vote tally forecast a landslide victory for Referred Measure 2E, with 69 percent of the first 130,000 early voters voting yes.
“For everyone who shares the belief that corporations are not people and money is not speech, Denver voters’ incredible support for The Democracy For The People Act offers ones of the strongest antidotes available to Citizens United and the out-sized influence of big money in politics,” said Owen Perkins, campaign manager for the “YES on 2E” campaign and president of CleanSlateNow Action. “This is a remarkable grassroots victory, with the people of Denver making a clear and emphatic choice to change the way we elect our leaders and to ensure that candidates with strong ideas and qualifications can prevail over special interest agendas.”
The centerpiece of the reforms in referred measure 2E is the citizen-approved mandate to use a small portion of public funds – less than 2/10s of 1 percent (0.002) of Denver’s annual budget – to match contributions of up to $50 on a 9-to-1 basis for qualified candidates who opt-in to the program and turn down all Political Action Committee and special interest contributions, accepting lower limits on their contributions and choosing only to accept contributions from natural persons – real human beings.
Fair elections in the Mile High City, with the reforms taking effect beginning Jan. 1, 2020.
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