Who Will Take the Philadelphia Fair and Clean Elections Pledge?

Everyone talks the talk when it comes to fixing our system of campaign finance, and everyone mentions public funding of elections as a way to make our system both cleaner and fairer. Point blank, in a City like ours, if you want both campaigns free of huge donations, and also want the best candidates to have a real chance at winning, public funding is the only way to get there.

So, now it is time to see which candidates put their money where their mouth is, and sign on to the Philadelphia Fair and Clean Elections Pledge. The pledge, which is the product of a number of groups is pretty simple:

"I pledge that, if elected, I will support a comprehensive Fair and Clean Elections system for Philadelphia, like those found in several states and cities, that will level the playing field, reduce spending on elections, and end the conflicts of interest caused by campaign contributions. I will work to enact full public funding for qualified municipal candidates who agree to take no or little private money, making Philadelphia a national leader in ethics and campaign finance reform."

We are working with a number of different groups on this, including MoveOn.Org, Public Campaign Action Fund, Philadelphia Forward, PennPIRG, and Common Cause PA.

Lots of candidates for Mayor and City Council talk about fixing our system of elections. Who will step up and actually take the pledge?

We will be holding a new conference on May 2nd, to detail what candidates are walking the walk.

People who have already signed on:

People who have already signed on, right off the bat:

Marc Stier- at large
John Longacre- 5th District

Chaka Fattah: I 'm in!

My campaign for Mayor is about creating opportunity for all Philadelphians. One way to create more opportunity is to make it easier for anyone who has a desire to transform their community to be able to run for elected office.

That's why I am pleased to pledge to work hard to create a system that will enable clean and fair elections through a publicly funded campaign finance system for ALL munincipal offices.

This work can not be done by the Mayor alone, which is why I also pledge to work closely with City Council and the folks in Harrisburg to find a way to publicly fund local elections.

In one of the first policy proposals my campaign released, I committed to exploring publicly financed elections. That same policy proposal included detailed plans to make city government more open and transparent. It also included a plan to bring City Hall into the neighborhoods enhancing citizen access to their government.

You can read the whole plan here.

Chaka, just to be clear....

Are you committed to a public financing system or are you committed to "exploring" a public financing system? If it's the latter, then you have not agreed to the pledge.

Chaka Fattah: Just To be Clear

A fax, with my signature, was just sent signing the pledge that says:

"I pledge that, if elected, I will support a comprehensive Fair and Clean Elections system for Philadelphia, like those found in several states and cities, that will level the playing field, reduce spending on elections, and end the conflicts of interest caused by campaign contributions. I will work to enact full public funding for qualified municipal candidates who agree to take no or little private money, making Philadelphia a national leader in ethics and campaign finance reform."

Excellent. Dwight Evans has

Excellent. Dwight Evans has said he supports public financing, as well, so I hope he takes the pledge, as well.

The Public doesn't want to finance elections

Not sure if this has been discussed in previous threads, but if public financing of campaigns is such a great thing, then why doesn’t the general public support it?

The May 2005 Pennsylvania Economy League IssuesPA Poll found that Pennsylvanians do not want publicly financed campaigns – only 41% favored it, while 52% would oppose it. In addition, the most recent Franklin & Marshall Keystone Poll found that 69% of registered democrats would be less likely to support a mayoral candidate who wants to use public money to finance city election campaigns.

I’m not personally saying that public financing should be opposed, but I am saying that it might be wise for Philadelphia’s mayor, city council, and good government groups to study the issue first before jumping into the pool head first in support of it. You may find that the public is content to let you drown rather than succeed.

41% support?

Not bad for a proposal that's never really been pushed anywhere in this region. It's working in Arizona and Maine; it'll work here too.

Andy Toy also signed on Immediately

Anthony Ingargiola
Campaign Director
Andy Toy 07
City Council At-Large

www.andytoy07.com

I'm glad to see YPP behind this

The folks at Public Campaign are good friends, and public financing works.

I'm curious...

Which of the other candidates might sign the pledge? You might expect Nutter to do so, what w/his long history as a good-government advocate. Will Knox or Brady follow suit? And what about Taubenberger (Republicans, believe it or not, can believe in clean elections too) or Katz (as if he's *not* considering a run).

-Z

Dwight Evans signed.

He faxed it in yesterday. Contact me if you want a copy.

Note: I am the Online Operations Director for Evans for Mayor

awesome.

awesome.

GOODE signed the Fair and Clean Elections Pledge too!

I signed it this morning.

WWGjr

Clean Money Elections - Coming Soon to Philadelphia

I have also signed on to the pledge. With a new Mayor and City Council, I hope that we will be able to continue the City Council hearings (and ultimately pass new legislation) regarding public financing of city elections. Last year, I organized two City Council hearings concerning this topic and brought in local and national experts in this field. In addition, I assisted Rep. Evans on this issue and supported his legislation that enables Philadelphia to have public financing of elections.

Matt Ruben signed on too

I faxed my signed pledge in on Thursday evening, the 26th.

Best,
Matt
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Matt Ruben
Democrat for City Council At-large
matt@mattruben.com
267.639.3800
www.mattruben.com

Smart Choice, Fresh Voice.

Damon Roberts signed the pledge

Damon Roberts signed the pledge, and it will be faxed today.

What's the running total here? Have any incumbents signed on?

I work for Damon K. Roberts in his run for City Council. Unless otherwise stated this and every comment by myself is the opinion of myself, and not of Damon or any other candidate, organization, committee, etc.

Three Mayoral Candidates Have Taken the Pledge

We will unveil the entire list on Thursday, but yes, some incumbents have signed on (I doubt you will be shocked at who they are).

Three of the Five Mayoral Candidates have signed on. I doubt you will be shocked there, too.

And, a bunch of challengers, both district and at-large have done so.

Make that 4

Four Mayoral Candidates have now taken the pledge... Will be interesting to see if it stays that way.

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