In order to qualify for the program, candidates must:
1. Show grass roots support in the community:
2. Agree to new voluntary campaign contribution limits for individuals.
3. Agree to participate in televised and live-streamed debates that are recorded and remain accessible to voters to view at their convenience.
4. Reaffirm their legal obligation to not solicit money for or on behalf of any political action committee, political party, or any organization that will make an independent expenditure for or against any City of San Diego candidate within the cycle.
The Democracy Dollars Program is unique in that the “public” funds go directly to voters. Candidates have to engage voters to get voters to assign the Democracy Dollars to them, to secure the public funding. Other public funding programs give funds directly to candidate campaigns...