Washington, D.C. – Randy Downs, candidate to represent Ward 2 on the DC Council, called on Councilmember Brooke Pinto’s campaign to utilize DC’s Fair Elections Program in the 2020 general election through a statement on Twitter.
.@BrookeforWard2, why don’t you use the DC Fair Elections Program? This fundraising system ensures residents are heard over the wants of special interests. You have a week to enroll and I know you should have no problem qualifying. Our campaign did it in less than 11 hours!
— Randy Downs (@RandyDaleDowns) July 29, 2020
“The DC Fair Elections Program ensures that residents’ voices are elevated over the influence of special interests and high-dollar donors,” said Downs. “Councilmember Pinto’s use of a fundraising system that allows corporate and high-dollar donations raises a question of who she prioritizes: wealthy out-of-state donors or the residents of Ward 2.”
An Office of Campaign Finance complaint was filed against Councilmember Pinto, even before she assumed office, which alleges she “failed to report excessive contributions” to her campaign in the Democratic primary. The DC Fair Elections Program ensures that candidates are held to a higher ethical standard in campaign fundraising and accountability to the residents of the District. Participating in public financing helps safeguard against unethical practices such as those alleged in the complaint above.
“The fair elections program allows councilmembers and candidates for elected office to give residents peace of mind about where their campaign money is coming from and that their campaigns are following strict ethical guidelines. Public financing better allows our collective focus to remain on the issues that matter to residents instead of whether or not campaigns and candidates are behaving ethically and transparently,” said Downs. “I urge Councilmember Pinto to join me in giving voters the ethical guarantee that comes with the Fair Elections program.”
Downs qualified for the DC Fair Elections Program within 11 hours of announcing his candidacy for Ward 2 Councilmember on July 22nd, with 150 donations from DC residents contributing more than $5,000. The campaign is not accepting more than $50 from individuals and is focused on creating an equitable and accessible Ward 2 while protecting what works in communities.
Randy for Ward 2 Campaign
For immediate release: July 29, 2020