Opinion | The Fair Elections Program is changing politics as usual in D.C.

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The Fair Elections Program was designed to amplify the voices of small-dollar donors in local elections. When a D.C. resident contributes money to a local candidate participating in the program, the Fair Elections Program provides a 5-to-1 match to bolster their contribution. In other words, a $10 donation is matched by $50 in public funds, yielding the candidate $60. With the Fair Elections Program, D.C. joins a handful of other cities, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Denver, in providing matching funds to amplify the voices of everyday residents in local politics.

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