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D.C. Committee to Restore Public Trust

January 27, 2012

On Tuesday January 17, 2012 the D.C. Committee to Restore Public Trust filed the necessary paperwork with the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics to place an initiative on the November 6, 2012 ballot that would seek to ban corporate donations to all future political campaigns, constituent services funds, legal defense funds and transition and inaugural committees.

The 100-word summary presented to DCBOEE reads as follows:

This ballot initiative is to restore the public trust by eliminating the outsized influence corporate money has in District of Columbia government and elections by prohibiting direct contributions from corporations to elected officials and candidates for public office. This measure would align D.C. with federal law, which bans direct corporate contributions to public officials and candidates. Although D.C. law has individual contribution limits, corporations can exceed these amounts by creating multiple entities that shield the individual owner. Current law also allows corporations with city contracts to contribute directly to elected officials who approve these contracts, creating conflicts of interest.

The Committee must present its case to the DCBOEE on whether or not this is a valid ballot initiative on February 13.

We’re still working on our own website and should have it up and running soon, but in the meantime if you want to contact us, we’re on Twitter at @dcpublictrust on Facebook at or you can send us an email at

You can also donate to our effort too by clicking here. You’ll be taken to our page on Democracy Engine which is a nonpartisan fundraising tool for political campaigns.

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