Welcome back to the Open Democracy Book Club. We will have our first gathering of the new year on January 17, 2023 to discuss Democracy Vouchers by Tom Latkowski. Spoiler alert, our own Executive Director Olivia Zink was interviewed for this book!
Author Tom Latkowski will join us for the first half hour (to be interviewed by Olivia this time). There will be time for Q&A from attendees and then we will split off into separate groups to discuss the book, coming back together for the last portion to summarize.
Rep. Russ Muirhead will also join us to to talk about his 2023 bill submitted relative to campaign contributions and expenditures.
We hope you will be able to join us by RSVP'ing below!
About Democracy Vouchers: From city halls to the halls of Congress, big money dominates American politics. Despite widespread support for reform, even basic attempts to address the problem have been defeated. As a result, American politics has gotten stuck, with even popular reforms like raising the minimum wage, mitigating climate change, and preventing gun violence seeming impossible.
A bold new plan being piloted right now could provide a way forward. The idea is simple: The government gives everyone “democracy vouchers” that they can donate to candidates of their choice. If candidates opt-in, they can accept and redeem vouchers for public money to fund their campaign. In Democracy Vouchers, Tom Latkowski shares everything you need to know to start championing this transformative campaign finance system in your city and state.
About the author: Tom Latkowski is an expert on state and local campaign finance. As a policy organizer at the Democracy Policy Network, Latkowski authored a policy kit on city and state democracy voucher programs. An advocate for public financing, Latkowski is the cofounder of Los Angeles For Democracy Vouchers, an organization working to end mass exclusion from the campaign finance system in Los Angeles.
- Print length: 128 pages
- Print date: July 26, 2021
- ISBN: 9781737590309
- ISBN-10: 1737590301
Also available on Kindle from Amazon.