Campaign Finance Reform

The Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, which allows corporations to spend unlimited funds to influence elections, can only increase the shift of the burdens of government on those least able to pay. As a result, Bill sponsored the following resolution which the Board of Aldermen adopted on October 27, 2011, joining communities across the country, calling for an amendment to the United States Constitution that will effectively overrule the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission.

Thereafter, Bill started work on drafting the City of Somerville’s “Pay to Play Ordinance” which is one of the most restrictive campaign finance ordinances in the United States.  It restricts the ability of developers and those who do business with the City to contribute funds to elected officials and candidates.