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Campaign Funding Resolution 4107

To the Hawaii County Council:

The League of Women Voters of Hawaii would like to go on record strongly supporting Resolution 4107.

On a national, state, and local level, the League of Women Voters has long supported methods of financing campaigns that enable candidates to “compete more equitably for public office and allow maximum citizen participation in the political process” Resolution 4107 supports these goals.

Public funding of elections would go far to inspire confidence in the integrity of our elected officials. Several jurisdictions are already providing candidates with meaningful public funding options, and the number of candidates taking advantage of the public funding option is growing. That is because it easier for candidates to run for office without being independently wealthy, or having to continuously ask for money. It is easier for the public to have confidence in candidates who are not beholden to special interests who fund them. The often hidden cost to taxpayers of our present system is bound to be greater than the cost of a transparent system supported by our citizens.

We do not need to reinvent the wheel to set up a good public campaign finance system. The Voter Owned Hawaii organization has been lobbying for excellent legislation for several years.

The Hawaii County Council passed a similar resolution in 2005 without a dissenting vote. The Democratic Party in Hawaii is supportive of public funding of elections. The League of Women Voters asks you to support this measure.

Susan Irvine, President
LWV of Hawaii

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