José Del Río III (@thejdelrio), Money in Politics Program Manager at California Common Cause @commoncauseca joined us this Monday Meals to discuss the Democracy Dollars campaign, a new campaign finance reform that tips political power back to the voters.

“Overwhelmingly the data supports the fact that the more you give, the more influence you have with elected officials. So when we are talking about huge numbers, millions of dollars or even bigger than that, tens of millions of dollars, flooding into Oakland races you are talking about big influence. Big money equals big influence. The more money you give the more influence you get from city council, from the board of directors, from the mayor’s office.” – José Del Río III