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Information about studies and research


LWVA is participating in the following studies:

Money in Politics

STUDY: Money in Politics 2015-2016

The LWV US is conducting a study on Money in Politics to update the League's position on campaign finance. The focus of this study is to educate members about the issue and to get agreement as to whether financing a political campaign is protected speech under the First Amendment. The campaign finance position will be updated through a study and consensus process to consider: (1) the rights of individuals and organizations, under the First Amendment, to express their political views through independent expenditures and the finance of election campaign activities; and (2) how those rights, if any, should be protected and reconciled with the interests set out in the current position. Alameda league members met in January to make policy recommendations for the national study of Money in Politics. LEARN MORE

The following article is background to the study. Additionally, the LWVUS has provided excellent background material for the discussion on their website.


LWVA is researching the following issues:

Open Primary

A LWV of Alameda research project focusing on the effects of California's Open Primary law in the Primary election of statewide officers.