Clean Elections

Sorry, can't legislate--gotta fundraise

Arizona Speaker of the House Kirk Adams, who recently had to pay back money for legally tenuous free trips he got from the Fiesta Bowl, is doing all he can to pass legislation that would send a repeal of the state's Clean Elections system to the ballot--something that would be a victory for the special interests in the state.

A Simple, but Powerful Chart

One of the most important aspects of Fair Elections-style reform (sometimes referred to as "Clean Elections") is that it allows candidates to spend much more time with the voters in their community. Instead of spending countless hours dialing for dollars or attending high-priced fundraisers, candidates are able to better get to know the people the seek to serve, and when elected, legislate in their interest.

2010's Top 10 Money and Politics Stories

By: David Donnelly and Adam Smith

Whether it was apologizing to BP, the Fair Elections Now Act passing out of a U.S. House committee, or the Supreme Court declaring that corporations were people when it comes to spending money in elections, 2010 was a big year for news about money in the political process. Here's our top ten list. Leave your suggestions in the comments.

Keep Arizona Elections Clean!

The New York Times yesterday published a great editorial standing up for Arizona's Clean Election system, part of which is currently being debated in the Courts. According to the Times:

PRESS RELEASE: SCOTUS To Hear Arizona Clean Elections Case

Public Campaign issued a press release today in response to the announcement that the U.S. Supreme Court would hear arguments in McComish v. Bennett, the lawsuit aiming to gut Arizona’s successful and popular Clean Elections program.

 

Maine Clean Elections Law Should Stay Put

Maine Senate President Libby Mitchell (D), a gubernatorial candidate, thoughtfully defends the state's Clean Elections law in the Waterville Morning Sentinel.

"Maine voters created the system to reduce the influence of money in politics, and it has worked. Clean Elections candidates are free from special-interest contributions.

Maine gubernatorial candidate shows why Clean Elections system is model for other states

The Boston Globe (online) has a story on Maine State Senate President and gubernatorial candidate, Libby Mitchel (D), and the Clean Elections system in the state.

 

“If I qualify, there will be no more fund-raising and I will spend every waking hour campaigning around the state,’’ Mitchell, a Democrat who serves as state Senate president, promised the dozen attendees in Bangor. “I’ll never ask again. When you see me coming, you won’t have to run.’’

 

Baltimore Sun Editorial Urges Maryland General Assembly to Push Ahead with Clean Elections

The Baltimore Sun has an editorial today that urges Maryland lawmakers to push ahead with Clean Elections legislation next session despite an unfavorable court ruling in Connecticut.

 

"The bottom line is that nothing in Judge Underhill's opinion should deter the Maryland General Assembly from moving forward with reforms next year."

 

Outrageous - Dialing for Dollars

An article in the April issue of Reader's Digest asks "How can your congressman serve you when he's constantly hunting for campaign cash?" The piece, which highlights Public Campaign, goes on to lambast the money chase, offering Clean Elections as a solution.

Court Upholds Connecticut pay-to-play law

A federal court on Friday upheld Connecticut's ban on campaign contributions from lobbyists and state contractors, part of a large package of ethics and campaign reform measures passed following the conviction of former Gov. John Rowland.

When Gov. Rowland of Connecticut pled guilty to corruption charges in 2005, he acknowledged accepting bribes from contractors in return for awarding those contractors business with the state.