As we've all seen across the country, more money flows into our system every day. This has caused members of Congress, state representatives and even municipal government to come to a screeching halt; due to the thought that they may upset their donor base.
As spending in elections increases, candidates and elected officials are forced to spend unnecessarily large amounts of time raising money to compete. That need to raise thousands of dollars to support a campaign is a large barrier to entry for most potential public servants. If someone would make a great city council member, but isn't financially connected or "well off", should that stop them from running for office?
It's time to level the playing field and allow ordinary citizens to run for office and serve their city. It's time to put the power of the vote - ahead of the donation.
Publicly financed campaigns allows candidates and elected officials to focus their efforts and attention on the citizen who needs help the most, not the ones who have the most money.
It's time remove the possibility for big business and individuals to unfairly influence city contracts and bidding.
It's time for publicly financed campaigns in Janesville.
If you agree - the Janesville City Council will be discussing this matter on Monday, the 23rd of September at 7:00pm. We'll be in the Council Chambers on the 4th Floor of the Municipal Building. (18 North Jackson Street)
If you can't make the meeting, you can email the entire council at: email@example.com
An ordinance creating JGO Chapter 3.24 to provide a public campaign financing system for the Office of Janesville City Council Member with penalties as set forth in JGO 3.24.040.
3.04 Fiscal Year
3.16 Special Assessments on Sewer and Water Main Connections
3.20 Room Tax
3.24 Public Campaign Finance System for Office of City Council Member
3.24.020 Optional Public Financing
3.24.030 Qualified Campaign Expenditures
3.24.010 Definitions When used in this chapter the following words shall mean:
A. “Covered Election” means any primary, special, recall, or general election for the Office of City Council Member.
A. Each participating candidate for election in a covered election may participate in this optional program to obtain payment to his or her personal campaign committee from public funds for qualified campaign expenditures, in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, and subject to appropriation. Any candidate who participates in this optional public financing program may not obtain any private donations other than the minimum of One Hundred individual donations of Five Dollars ($5.00) up to a maximum of Two Hundred individual donations of Five Dollars ($5.00) required to obtain matchable contributions. Candidates may not accept donations other than in the amount of Five Dollars ($5.00). A contribution from the candidate shall count as one of the contributions. A candidate may not contribute more than a single contribution of Five Dollars ($5.00). Candidates may not accept donations from non-Wisconsin residents. Any candidate who chooses not to participate in this optional public financing program shall abide by all requirements of state law.
A. Public funds provided under the provisions of this chapter may be used only for expenditures by a personal campaign committee to further the participating candidate’s election for a covered election.
- Payments made to the candidate or a spouse, domestic partner, child, grandchild, parent, grandparent, brother or sister of the candidate or spouse or domestic partner of such child, grandchild, parent, grandparent, brother or sister, or to a business entity in which the candidate or any such person has a ten percent or greater ownership interest.
- Any contribution, transfer, or loan made to another candidate or political committee.
- Any expenditures to challenge or defend the validity of petitions of nominations or canvassing of election results.
- An expenditure made primarily for the purpose of expressly advocating a vote for or against a ballot proposal, other than expenditures made also to further the participating candidate’s nomination for election or election.
3.24.040 Violation--Penalties. Every person, firm, organization or corporation, or
any officer of any corporation, who violates any provision of this chapter shall be subject to a forfeiture of not to exceed Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($250.00) plus the costs of prosecution, or in default of payment of the forfeiture imposed by this Subsection shall be incarcerated in the Rock County Jail for a period not to exceed ninety (90) days.
Jacob J. Winzenz, Acting City Manager
Jean Ann Wulf, City Clerk-Treasurer
APPROVED AS TO FORM:
Assistant City Attorney
Proposed by: Councilmembers Liebert &
Prepared by: Assistant City Attorney