Tamara Payne-Alex

The campaign to elect Tamara Payne-Alex as UUA Moderator in 2013

Campaign Funding and Costs


images-1The cost of UUA election campaigns range from $0 (in uncontested races) to over $200,000 (in contested UUA Presidential campaigns).

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.

Author: Tamara Payne-Alex

Candidate for UUA Moderator in 2013.

3 thoughts on “Campaign Funding and Costs

  1. Tamara, how do you evaluate the board’s current level of transparency—the posting of agendas, reports, minutes, and other forms of communication about its work—and the administration’s current level of transparency? What would you change about the UUA’s transparency if you are elected?

    • Chris, transparency is a vehicle not the goal. In order to evaluate the board’s and the administration’s current level of transparency, I would need to know what is the desired outcome of the transparency.

      Transparency has traditionally been used to fight corruption. Transparency as a tool for inclusion and counter-oppression requires that it be used to reveal the systems at work in the institution and the soul of culture that sustains that institution.

      I want transparency measured, not by volume of information or rapidness of report posting, but, by things like level of understanding, engagement, participation, inclusion. I want to see transparency into the values that drive decisions, the process by which decisions are made, and the ways in which to engage the process going forward.

      If I am elected, I will work to:
      – flip our processes and use technology platforms to focus on transparency occurring prior to decisions being made and actions taken
      – engage in realtime interactive transparency that invites others appropriately into the process
      – provide access to and explanation of our process so our congregations and communities know how to hold leaders accountable for decisions and outcomes
      – expand the scope of transparency to include insight and reflection into the ways Unitarian Universalism is lived out (or not) in our processes and decisions
      – leverage transparency as a catalyst for revealing to ourselves and others how systems work in our Association and the ways our culture helps or hinders our ability to be who we are called to be in the world

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