In fact, based on our study of experiences in other jurisdictions, we are convinced that the Fair Elections Act will achieve three important purposes that are clearly in the public interest: It will help address the widespread perception that big donors unduly influence decisions made by our elected officials; it will allow our elected officials to spend more time developing good public policy and less time raising money; and it will encourage more residents to become engaged in the electoral process, including by running for office. All these benefits will help advance democracy in the District.
Walter Smith, Washington
The writer is executive director of DC Appleseed.
Jon Bouker, Washington
The writer is chairman of the board of DC Appleseed.