City launches donation portal to help candidates qualify for public financing

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The city of Albuquerque is trying to make it easier for political candidates to get public financing. 

Candidates for city offices have the option to fund their campaigns with public money instead of private donations. To qualify, they have to collect $5 donations from at least 1 percent of voters in their district. 

A newly launched website aims to make that easier. Registered voters in Albuquerque can now go to the “Clean Campaign Portal” to make that donation. 

“One of the legacy problems…our public financing and $5 donations program predated technology of this nature, and so we’re catching up here,” Mayor Tim Keller said. 

To access the portal, click here.

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