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:
On Thursday, the Hawaii Senate Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing on House Bill 1481, legislation that would create a small donor public financing system for state legislative races.
Under the system, which could still see changes before final passage, candidates would collect a set number of signatures and qualifying contributions to show broad-based community support. Once qualified, candidates would receive a public grant to fund their campaigns.
In his State of the State address yesterday, Gov. Cuomo once again called for public financing and a broad reform agenda. New York Times editorial: "Most important, he vowed to start public financing for campaigns so that more candidates can compete against wealthy competitors." It ends with this: "It is a long, ambitious list. If Mr.
PRESS RELEASE: New York Gov. Cuomo Calls For New York City-style Public Financing Of Elections For State
In his State of the State address today, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged his support for the legislature to pass publicly financed Fair Elections legislation to curb the influence of big money in New York politics.
Cuomo in his SoS: "...we need to implement a public finance system like in New York City. It works well there, and it will work well for the state too.“
A handful of national good government organizations, including Public Campaign, have been calling on Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy to sign HB 5565, a "disclosure on steroids" bill that would bring much needed transparency to the political process. It'd be a big win. And in the post-Citizens United political world, would help to maintain the integrity of the state's popular public financing program.
The New York Times has a front page story today on the effort to bring Fair Elections to New York State legislative races. The story focuses on "an unusual and well-heeled coalition, trying to tap public anger over the flood of money into politics, (who are) pushing to enact a public financing system for elections in New York State."