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GURoadrunner, "Arizona 8th District Campaign Signs 2006 Election," November 2006

Small Donor Matching Programs

Examining Past Case Studies to Propose an Improved S.B. 1424

Project Lead:


Joe Berusch, Lily Li


Small donor matching programs are an increasingly popular campaign finance reform policy tool that aims to increase diversity and elevate underrepresented voices among donors, voters, and candidates. We compare the characteristics of long-standing donor matching laws with those of five new programs introduced since 2015. We also review the existing literature on small donor matching programs in New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA to argue that they generally achieve their goals of fostering diversity and representation. We draw from our research to offer recommendations for Illinois’s small donor matching bill, S.B. 1424.

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