Citizens Elections Program
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.
After two cycles, it's fair to say that Connecticut's Citizens' Election Program has been a resounding success. With more than three quarters of the seats in the General Assembly and all of the statewide seats held by Clean Elections officials, Connecticut has truly seen the impact of taking big money out of politics and putting voters back in.
State Rep. Bob Godfrey (D) recently commented on the close of the legislative session and how marked the change really is with the Citizens' Election Program: