This year, voters elected nearly 300 candidates who ran using “clean election” type programs in Arizona, Connecticut, and Maine. These were candidates who relied on public grants after raising a minimum of small donations. Clean candidates can focus on broad support, often one voter and small donation at a time, not exclusive fundraisers. In Connecticut, 84% of winners ran “clean,” and in Maine, 58% of winning campaigns used the Clean Elections program, according to an analysis of state records.
Connecticut’s 2014 general election results demonstrates the continued popularity and effectiveness of the state’s Citizens’ Election Program (CEP), a system that allows candidates to run for office with a mixture of small donations and public funds. This year, a resounding 84% of winners in Connecticut state races used the program.
A federal judge on Tuesday sided with good government groups and the state of Connecticut in rejecting an effort by the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) to weaken Connecticut's campaign finance laws.
The DGA sought a temporary suspension of the enforcement of two specific provisions of the law: one having to do with limiting and defining coordination between candidates and those fundraising for them, and the second in regards to the distinction between advertising for a candidate and advertising for specific issues.
Just a few months into his new term, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) continues to be a strong supporter of public financing legislation to raise the voices of everyday people in the political process.
During a day long conference on money in politics at Yale University on Monday, Murphy said, "I have gone from a proponent of campaign finance reform to a revolutionary during my time in public service.
Demos released a new report today: Fresh Start: The Impact of Public Financing in Connecticut, which details the success of the Citizens Election Program in the state.
Here are some key findings in the report:
The results are in for the 2012 elections, and state Clean Elections' systems continue to be successful across the country.
In Arizona, three Corporation Commissioner candidates won using Clean Elections, and five out of nine of those seaking those seats participated in the program. In the state legislature, participating candidates made up 37 percent, or 57 out of 156, of those seeking office. A total of 26 percent, or 23 of 90 seats are filled by officials who used the Clean Elections program.
Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D) vetoed important transparency legislation on Friday that would have shed much-needed light on secret spending in the state’s elections.
Public Campaign President Nick Nyhart, a Connecticut resident, said in a statement:
A handful of national good government organizations, including Public Campaign, have been calling on Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy to sign HB 5556, legislation passed by the Connecticut House and Senate that would bring much-needed to transparency to the political process in the state. Some have called the bill “disclosure on steroids,” and it would be a major victory in the post-Citizens United political world.
Public Campaign Action Fund and Democracy Corps will be releasing new polling today (previewed in The National Memo this morning) showing that swing voters are ready to reward candidates that make money-in-politics a campaign issue, support alternatives to our current system, and believe that money in politics is not a distraction from the economy--it is the economy.
Democrat and Chronicle: Legislature shifts focus to reforms
With the budget and redistricting done, the New York legislature will move on to something else. "But the governor did say Friday that he would push for a change in the state’s campaign-finance system, which good-government groups say allows wealthy donors to have too much influence on the electoral process."