Citizen & Candidate Guide to Voter Owned Elections
Center for Governmental Studies, Firelight
are proud to present you with the Investing in Democracy
Toolkit: A Citizen & Candidate Guide to Voter Owned Elections.
Focusing on the six states that have enacted full public financing,
especially Arizona and Maine, and recent successes in the
other 21 state and 12 local jurisdictions with partial public
financing systems, especially Los Angeles, New York City and
Tucson, this toolkit provides a detailed and comprehensive
look at the benefits of voter owned elections. The Investing
in Democracy Toolkit includes:
May 15-- Governor Janet Napolitano Gives Speech
Praising Arizona Clean Elections System.
May 13 -- Groups Issue Joint Press Release Announcing
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Road To Clean Elections” (
More competition, a more diverse candidate pool, more time spent
with regular voters, freedom from conflicts of interest—these
are among the signal accomplishments of Arizona and Maine’s
new Clean Elections laws as shown in the video "The Road
To Clean Elections." Narrated by Bill Moyers, the video
features candidates on the campaign trail, lively testimonials
by candidates who ran for office under their states’ voluntary
full public financing systems, and assessments of how well Clean
Elections works by campaign finance reform experts and activists.
Haddow Communications produced the video for
with assistance from Northeast Action, Arizona Clean
Elections Institute Inc., and the Maine Citizen Leadership Fund.
Run time is approximately 14 minutes. Funding from Carnegie
Corporation of New York and Solidago Foundation.
The Campaign for the New York City Council” (Video)
This video documentary tells the story of the 2001 New York
City Council elections, the first governed by term limits and
enhanced public campaign financing rules, and focuses on New
York City's model for matching campaign contributions with substantial
public funds. The unabridged version of the documentary aired
on WNET in New York City, and won the 2003 "Henry Hampton
Award for Excellence in Film & Digital Media." The
video was produced by Firelight
in association with Thirteen/WNET New York, and was funded
by Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Open Society Institute
and the Charles H. Revson Foundation. Directed by 2002 MacArthur
Fellow Stanley Nelson. Run time is approximately 30 minutes.
This handbook is designed to help elected officials, government
administrators, grassroots organizations and activists create
or improve existing public financing systems for their own state
and local elections. Written by the
for Governmental Studies
in Los Angeles, it describes the
history of public financing in state and local governments, advantages
and shortcomings of existing systems, a variety of funding mechanisms,
potential legal issues and strategies for implementing reforms.
An up-to-date list of over 160 national, regional and state support
organizations is included in the Appendix.
Things You Can Do With This Toolkit” (User’s
This user’s guide offers suggestions for activists,
ranging from airing the videos on public access television to
briefing local reporters and editors and holding house parties
for like minded friends. It’s a step-by-step manual for
engaging the public in “Investing in Democracy.”
the user's guide.
"Investing in Democracy" is a joint project of
Carnegie Corporation of New York, Center for Governmental Studies,
Firelight Media, and Public Campaign, with assistance from the
Money & Politics Implementation Project, Northeast Action,
Arizona Clean Elections Institute, Inc., and Maine Citizen Leadership
Fund. Carnegie Corporation of New York, Open Society Institute,
the Charles H. Revson Foundation and the Solidago Foundation
have provided funding.