Question: Are there any changes the city can or should make to its campaign-finance system?
Recent elections have raised the concerns that “Big money is drowning out citizens’ voices.”
Since money is the root of all evil, our citizens deserve transparency when it comes to campaign finance. For this reason, I championed the effort to make campaign finances accessible to the public, online, through the city website. Previously, you had to visit Phoenix City Hall to see these reports; basically shutting the public out.
Having the public’s trust is something I value. I would support any necessary ethics policy to restore confidence in the campaign finance process. The city can look at lobbyist reform measures, and ways to increase financial disclosures for candidates and organizations involved in independent expenditures.