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.
Since 2000, hundreds of candidates in Arizona—from the legislature to governor’s mansion—have been elected under the state’s Clean Elections program. It allows candidates to run for office on a blend of small $5 donations and public funds.
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.
Campaign Finance/Fair Elections
NY Post: A boon for the little guy
A series of letters in response to last week's op-ed in the Post about NYC's public financing system. Writers include CCNY's Susan Lerner, Gene Russianoff at NYPIRG, and Amy Lopreset, head of the NYC Campaign Finance Board.
We were proud to stand hand-in-hand with our friends in the immigrant rights and labor communities last night to defeat Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce, the author of SB1070 and a leading opponent of the state's Clean Elections system. Here's Huffington Post on his loss: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/08/russell-pearce-recall-election-jerry-lewis_n_1083129.html. When you leave your voters behind, they're going to do the same to you.
One of the biggest opponents of Arizona's Clean Elections system faces a recall election today. While Russell Pearce became known nationally for his anti-immigrant positions (and that's why he's on the ballot), the recall election has focused on his corruption, special interest ties, Fiesta Bowl scandal, and opposition to Clean Elections. Public Campaign Action Fund's Campaign Money Watch spent $47,000 communicating with voters, solely with the corruption message (the largest independent expenditure in the race).
The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and Just the Guy We've Been Longing to Hear From on Income Inequality
Here's a recap of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's (PCAF) work from October 24 through October 28, 2011.