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Chicago Votes Overwhelmingly to Empower Small Donors In Politics

February 25, 2015 | Adam Smith

Washington, D.C.—Chicago voters overwhelmingly endorsed a ballot question Tuesday to give everyday people a bigger voice in politics, a sign of growing national momentum to reduce the influence of big donors in politics, according to national democracy reform group Every Voice.

“The people of Chicago have spoken, and like tens of millions of other Americans around the country, they’re ready for elected officials to address our broken campaign finance system,” said Megan Darby, national field director for Every Voice. “Giving small donors a bigger voice is an important step toward putting elections back in the hands of everyday people.”

On Tuesday, voters were asked, “Should the City of Chicago or the State of Illinois reduce the influence of special interest money in elections by financing campaigns using small contributions from individuals and a limited amount of public money?”

With 98% of precincts reporting, the question was winning by nearly 60 points.

Every Voice assisted the campaign through regular engagement with its online activists in Chicago and around the country, provided funding, and reached out to our partners at national organizations urging them to engage their local members in the campaign.

“Congratulations to Common Cause Illinois for leadership on this important effort,” said Darby. “This victory adds momentum to ballot initiative efforts in Maine and elsewhere to pass money in politics reforms based on the American tradition of a government of, by, and for the people.”

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