Regarding the July 25 editorial “A day late and a dollar short”:
I agree that well-enforced campaign finance laws are key to rooting out personal corruption by D.C. politicians, but residents need more than enforcement; they need to trust that officials are putting the interests of everyday people, not wealthy campaign donors, first.
That’s why the D.C. Council should pass at-large Council member David Grosso’s plan to empower people through a combination of small-dollar donors and public matching funds. With Mr. Grosso’s “Fair Elections” bill, candidates would be able to run and win competitive campaigns for office by relying on donations from regular people, not just wealthy developers or other special interests that can donate or bundle large sums of money.
The law needs to be enforced, but it’s time for the city’s elected officials to be beholden to nobody but the people electing them.
Nick Nyhart, Washington
The writer is president and chief executive of Public Campaign.