Four candidates for alderman in the 2nd ward have taken the bold step to break the customary candidates’ bondage to fundraising and end big money politics in Chicago. By partnering in a pilot project with RunClean.org., a new non-partisan, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to get big money out of political elections, candidates will be able to spend more time focused on voters, instead of soliciting donors.
“So many dollars are wasted on too many mailings and attack ads,” said Steve Niketopolous, one of the four candidates. “I joined and supported RunClean because of their values being placed on the message, not the money.”
In exchange for pledging to cap their own fundraising, Niketopoulos, Bita Buenrostro, Stacey Pfingsten, and Cornell Wilson III are able to campaign with less money, offering an alternative to the usual advertizing frenzy associated with political campaigns.
“Campaigns should be about the message you are trying to send , not how many glossy mailers or TV commercials you can air. “ said Pfingsten. “With all the money we spend on campaigns, we could be building more schools, paving our roads, reopening mental health clinics.”