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.
A group of bipartisan lawmakers have joined together to introduce new legislation in Maine that would increase funding for the state's Clean Elections' law and further strengthen the popular system.
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.
Our friends at Maine Citizens for Clean Elections (MCCE) are out with a new report: "PACs Unlimited: How Legislator PACs Distort Maine Politics," which finds that "vast sums of big money flow through PACs controlled by legislators. These PACs exist for the purpose of advancing personal interests and party agendas, and big donors contribute to these PACs for the purpose of shaping the legislative agenda and assuring access to legislative leadership.
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's David Donnelly on new polling released yesterday with Democracy Corps: “Money in politics is a ballot-box issue, that voters will be going to the ballot box this fall looking for candidates who support addressing the issue of money in politics.
Great statement from the AFL-CIO executive council yesterday on Citizens United, calling for a constitutional amendment, public financing, etc. "The AFL-CIO supports the overturning of the Citizens United decision and calls for immediate action to end the dominance of our political system by corporations and the 1%. "
New York Leadership for an Accountable Government (NY LEAD) announced the addition of new prominent members today.
"Former Nebraska Senator and Governor Bob Kerrey, along with Danny Meyer, Charles Myers and Frank Selvaggi have joined NY LEAD to advocate for campaign finance reform in order to restore fairness and integrity to New York’s political process."
NY LEAD also received praise and recognition from former Senator, and Founder and President of Progressives United, Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.):
With advocates currently working to bolster the Maine Clean Elections system, many have taken the opportunity to speak out about the value and success of the system.
Wells Lyons, an attorney in Portland, has an article in the Portland Daily Sun today defending the system and arguing the benefits of Clean Elections are far-reaching:
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Legislative panel sputters on Clean Elections consensus
Ugh: A Maine House committee failed to come to a consensus yesterday to fix the Clean Elections program. They just removed the triggers.
- More here: http://www.pressherald.com/news/gop-may-get-last-word-on-clean-election-funds_2011-11-30.html