26 Oct

CDP Campaign Finance Task Force


Fellow Democrats,

From the moment we assumed office at the close of the 2017 Convention, the statewide officers of the CDP have been working to implement the reforms we believe are essential to making our Party a strong and progressive California Democratic Party that defines the progressive agenda for America and leads the national resistance to Trump and Trumpism.

One of the most important elements of that work is the fact that, we as Democrats, need to have a thoughtful and consequential discussion about our clean money future. Our Party platform is clear: “California Democrats believe that a healthy democracy is based on free and fair elections,” including support for public financing of campaigns. As Senator Bernie Sanders, President Barack Obama and Governor Howard Dean have all demonstrated, it’s possible for campaigns that rely on clean money to be competitive and successful.

Just as importantly, their examples—particularly that of President Obama’s landslide victory in 2008—show clearly that voters are eager for leaders who will truly restore the health of our democracy by limiting the toxic and corrosive effect that massive spending has on campaigns and governing. As California Democrats, we have a responsibility to make sure that our Party’s practices and operations are consistent with our values and the values of everyday Democrats across California

To that end, we are proud to announce the creation of a task force, to be co-chaired by Vice Chair Daraka Larimore-Hall and Controller Dan Weitzman, to evaluate CDP fundraising with the aim of substantially increasing the amount of clean money donations we take in. This task force will include grassroots activists, local Party leaders, labor union members, elected officials and institutional donors. It will take a global approach to evaluating our fundraising, as well as state and local laws and best practices, and will develop a set of recommendations for how we can strengthen our commitment to clean money by bringing in the kinds of clean money contributions that help ensure fair and competitive elections.

We anticipate the task force will make its recommendations within a year, and we aim to announce the full membership of the Task Force shortly. This is a crucial component of our reform agenda. We’ve already implemented a shared governance model of decision making where the statewide officers collaborate together on setting policy and direction for the CDP. We’ve flattened and modernized the Party’s operations where the statewide officers and staff work as a team. We worked together on standing committee appointments, and put together a committee roster that is majority woman, majority people of color, and almost 50 percent brand new committee members.

This task force is the next crucial piece of implementing our reform agenda, and now we look forward to the result of its deliberations.

Democratically Yours,

Eric C. Bauman, Chair
Alexandra Gallardo-Rooker, Vice Chair
Daraka Larimore-Hall, Vice Chair
Jenny Bach, Secretary
Dan Weitzman, Controller

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26 Oct

FWD: Your Lieutenant Governor

The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.

As your next Lieutenant Governor, Dr. Ed will work hard every day to advocate for California, stand up to the Trump Administration, and build a brighter future for all of us.

That’s why we’re doing everything we can to get Dr. Ed elected. Will you help out by donating to our campaign today?

Donate now!

Team Dr. Ed

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I’m running for Lieutenant Governor because I’m dedicated to maintaining California as a beacon of hope and progress during a time when the Trump administration seems dead-set on turning back the clock on Americans.

Can you pitch in today to help us win this campaign? Make a contribution now.

Now, you might be wondering: what can a Lieutenant Governor do to stand up to Trump and protect our progress? Well, here are just a few examples:

Our Lieutenant Governor plays a key role in:

  • Fighting back against Trump when he attacks our California values and our local communities
  • Championing job creation efforts to expand our middle class economy, while standing in solidarity with working people
  • Protecting our state’s environment and natural resources
  • Ensuring affordable and accessible higher education for everyone
  • Serving as a bold, forceful voice for healthcare for all

If we’ve learned anything from Washington this year, it’s that you want the right person breaking the tie on important votes.

That’s why California families need to know their next Lieutenant Governor will be someone who’s always in their corner — and I will be that person.

Will you help me get there by making a contribution of $5, $10, $25, or more today?


Together, we’re going to make sure California keeps setting the standard for equality and progress in this country.

Thanks for everything you do,

Dr. Ed

Dr. Ed is running to be the next Lt. Governor of California to build on the progress he’s made in the California Assembly and Senate, bring people together, and get things done. California has a real opportunity to send Washington a message: we’re going to put in the work to remain a beacon of hope and progress, with fairness, equality, and economic justice.



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