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Election Information: Public Financing Program 

In 2016, Berkeley voters adopted the Berkeley Fair Elections Act of 2016.  This ballot measure created a voluntary program providing public matching funds for candidates running for the office of Mayor or Councilmember.  Participating candidates are eligible to receive a 6-to-1 match on qualifying contributions of up to $50 (e.g. for a $50 qualifying contribution, a participating candidate receives $300 in public matching funds).

The Fair Elections Act is codified in Chapter 2.12 of the Municipal Code and supplemented by regulations adopted by the Fair Campaign Practices Commission.  Please visit the BERA Information Page for more details.

If you have additional questions after reading the handbook linked below, please contact the City Clerk Department.

Berkeley Public Financing Program Supplemental Guide 

 

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