League to offer free forum on campaigns


What does it cost to campaign for elected office in Alameda, and where can voters go to find out who’s backing their local candidates? The League of Women Voters of Alameda is presenting a free community forum in an effort to provide answers to these questions, “The Cost of Campaigning in Alameda (and how to follow the money),” from 7 to 9 p.m. next Thursday, Feb. 22, at Phoenix Alameda, 2315 Lincoln Ave. (across from the Main Library).  

The forum will feature a panel of experts offering a uniquely local focus on campaign finance. Political consultant and officeholder Doug Linney will talk about what it costs to run for office on the Island, while 2012 City Council candidate and former Golf Commission member Jane Sullwold will offer a candidate’s-eye view of the hunt for campaign cash and the challenges candidates face in financing campaigns. 

Laura Curlin and Skippy Williams of MapLight, the national League’s partner on the Voters Edge campaign information website, will offer a primer on campaign finance filings and information on where to find campaign finance information. Former Alameda Journal editor and award-winning journalist Jeff Mitchell will offer tips and tricks for understanding campaign finance data.
The evening will close with a brief presentation on the League’s own research on the cost of a local campaign, as well as your questions and our panelists’ answers. We look forward to seeing you there!


Georgia Gates Derr President, LWV Alameda