Free Speech For People and Represent.US Working Towards Publicly Funded Elections in Cambridge, MA

Ron Fein testifying before the Cambridge City Council

FSFP Letter to Cambridge City Council (The Supreme Court’s decisions in cases such as Buckley v. Valeo and Arizona Free Enterprise Club’s Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett have taken away many viable policy tools, but there are still a few left.)

At the end of the hearing, the Committee voted 3-1 to order the City Manager to “identify an organization or organizations to study and present options to the City Council regarding possibilities for publicly funded municipal elections that takes into account issues unique to Cambridge.” To kickstart this process, we sent the committee a detailed followup letter describing the key public financing options in more detail.

Represent Boston, which has a leadership team composed primarily of Cambridge residents and substantial working relationships with local legal and policy experts at Harvard Law School, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and MIT Sloan School of Management, is planning to engage closely in policy development. Free Speech For People looks forward to working with both Represent Boston and the City of Cambridge on legal aspects of policy options.

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