Nov. 10, 2016
Public Citizen Experts Testify in Support of Fair Elections and Anti-Pay-to-Play Legislation
WHAT: Two Public Citizen experts will testify on a set of democracy reforms at a public hearing before the D.C. Council Committee on the Judiciary.
Aquene Freechild, co-director of Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People campaign, will testify in support of D.C. Councilmember David Grosso’s Citizens Fair Elections legislation (B21-0509), which would reduce the influence of special interest groups in D.C. by providing candidates with an alternative to relying on wealthy donors to get elected. The program would put everyday District residents at the heart of the election process and encourage candidates to devote more time to their constituents.
Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, will express support for D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine’s Campaign Finance Transparency and Accountability legislation (B21-0622), which would strengthen the anti-coordination rules for independent expenditure groups and prohibit government contractors from making campaign contributions (known as “pay-to-play”). Holman also will testify in favor of the Citizens Fair Elections legislation.
WHEN: 10 a.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 16
WHERE: Room 500, John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
WHO: Aquene Freechild, co-director, Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People campaign
Craig Holman, Ph.D., government affairs lobbyist, Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division