The UUA Board reimburses Moderator candidates’ travel to UUA Board meetings and General Assemblies for the year prior to the election. The UUA has established vehicles, such as posting links to candidate websites and producing candidate videos, to provide candidate information to delegates. Otherwise, UUA election campaigns are funded by generous private donations.
UUA Rule G-9.13.8 Campaign Finances Disclosure requires candidates to submit a report of their fundraising results and campaign related expenses. The campaign finances report is due at the close of the first day of the General Assembly at which the election occurs. This timetable does not provide easy or timely transparency for delegates.
I set my campaign budget at $10,000 and chose a transparent fundraising platform to track donations. I have posted my campaign expenses on my website and will update them regularly in the weeks leading up to the election.
Transparency is a prerequisite of productive engagement, shared power and accountability. I hope this level of transparency invites you to get involved, ask questions, raise concerns, make suggestions and hold leaders accountable to your vision of how to best live out Unitarian Universalist values.