Berkeleyside: Public campaign finance advocates find ‘outsized role’ of money in past Berkeley elections

October 27, 2016 – A new analysis of campaign finances from past Berkeley elections has found that more than half the contributions to sitting council members came from less than 1% of Berkeley households, and that one-third of the contributions came from outside the city. The analysis was undertaken by the Berkeley Fair Elections Coalition, the group behind public financing Measure X1, which is on the Nov. 8 ballot. The measure would require the city to set aside about $500,000 from the General Fund each year (.16%), with a cap on the public financing fund of $2 million. Taxes would not increase. Click here to read the full article in Berkeleyside.