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.
Maine Citizens for Clean Elections has filed a complaint with the Maine Ethics Commission to investigate Republican Governor Paul LePage's re-election committee for accepting donations that exceed the state's $3,000 private donation limit for gubernatorial campaigns.
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.
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%. "
Late last month, Maine Citizens for Clean Elections Board President, Alison Smith, was honored by YES Magazine as one of their "Breakthrough 15" for 2011. Smith has been a longtime ally of Public Campaign, and key advocate for the state's Clean Elections Program.
Here's a round-up of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's work for the week of July 25-July 29, 2011.
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As you know, the Supreme Court released its decision yesterday throwing out the trigger fund provision of the Arizona Clean Elections Act. We have compiled a fairly extensive list of statements from organizations, elected officials, news, and other reactions to the decision. We'll continue to update it: http://publicampaign.org/mccomishnews.
- campaign finance
- Common Cause
- Fair Elections Now Act
- Harry Reid
- Koch Brothers
- maine clean elections
- matching funds
- McComish v. Bennett
- Nancy Pelosi
- New Jersey
- north carolina
- President Obama
- public campaign
- Rod Blagojevich
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Wall Street