An Oakland ballot measure creating a public campaign financing option and strengthening transparency in election spending passed with strong support.

“For too long, our elections have been funded by wealthy special interests and out-of-state donors,” said liz suk, executive director of [Oakland Rising and] Oakland Rising Action. “In recent years, over half of money raised by city council and school board candidates was from people who don’t even live in Oakland. Measure W will empower Oaklanders to have a bigger influence, and ensure candidates are listening to voters rather than special interests.”

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