Campaign expenditures not reduced by Districts

Charter Amendment 19 proponents claim …

“Under the Districts 7-2 proposal, an energetic candidate can communicate directly with the people he/she will represent instead of raising hundreds of thousands of dollars. Elections will be significantly cheaper.”
(source: Seattle Districts Now website, Sept 5; color emphasis added)

This is a false claim.

This press release, Oct 2012, from the San Francisco Ethics Commission, shows that campaigns in districts (and with public financing) continue to balloon to higher expenditures. Look at the amounts, and their increases, and ask yourself: Is this cheaper?

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