Seattle City Council Weighs Public Financing of Campaigns

To counter the influence of money in city politics and open the door to more challengers, the Seattle City Council is considering adopting a public-financing program for city elections.
February 1, 2013

To counter the influence of money in city politics and open the door to more challengers, the Seattle City Council is considering adopting a public-financing program for city elections.

Campaign contributions of less than $100 in Seattle City Council races dropped by almost half from 2001 to 2011, while the average contribution nearly doubled -- from $115 to $223. And incumbents in both the council and mayoral races have won re-election almost 85 percent of the time.

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