Calling For Campaign Finance Reforms For State And Local Parties

Resolution 14-07.19 

 

WHEREAS, the California Democratic Party believes that Democratic state and local party committees are essential partners to Democratic elected officials and play a vital role in elections and volunteer activism; and

WHEREAS, current campaign law federalizes nearly every state and local committee action, even though the vast majority of committee efforts focus on ballot initiatives, local, city, county and state legislative races, and state constitutional offices, while only a small fraction of electoral activities is dedicated to federal campaigns; and

WHEREAS, campaign laws subject party committees to a higher level of regulation than any other political organization, such as Citizens United-styled Independent Expenditure campaigns, creating an inordinate burden on state and local party committees as campaigns and donors seek out organizations that have fewer obstacles to participation in the political process;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party endorses the recommendations put forth in the Association of State Democratic Chairs' report titled, "Legislative Recommendations for Campaign Finance Reform", which includes measures such as simplifying rules for grassroots volunteer efforts, creating more reasonable definitions for what counts as "Federal Election Activity," and indexing fundraising limits to inflation while still maintaining the transparency of political parties at a higher level than any other political committee; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party will send this resolution to the Association of State Democratic Chairs to urge and work with its members on this important policy change to ensure the vitality of state and local party committees by lifting some of the unnecessary and burdensome regulations that continue to hinder their development.

 

Submitted by Chairman John Burton

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its July 2014 Executive Board Meeting
Marriot Hotel, Oakland
July 13, 2014

 

 

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