Clean Elections

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Young People and Clean Elections

The millennials, those of us who grew up in the 1990s and 2000s got a lot of attention in the 2008 election cycle. Yes we were excited about the 2008 election, but were we actually going to cast our ballot on Election Day?

Can't Run Without Clean Elections

In 2007 in New Jersey, Clean Elections candidates won all nine seats in the state's pilot Clean Elections project. With the news that the New Jersey system may be on hold for the next election in 2009, one possible candidate says that may just keep him from running.


Clean Elections candidates win nearly 400 seats.

Clean Elections programs expanded in this week’s election as voters in six states showed their approval of the system that gives citizens greater authority of their government. At least 376 Clean Elections officials were elected on Tuesday, and that number could grow as more election results are determined. See the full release here.



Debating Clean Elections

It’s down to the wire and candidates on both sides of the political aisle are trading barbs on corruption and campaign contributions.

Donor survey in Iowa

Support for Clean Elections, or full public financing of elections, has broad support across political parties and other demographics. On Saturday, Tim Urban had an op-ed published in the Des Moines Business Record showing support is also strong among those investing financially in the political process--campaign donors.

Connecticut Clean Elections is Good News for the Times

The New York Times this morning is running a strong and positive story about Connecticut’s Clean Elections program, spelling out its ability to level the playing field among candidates and reduce their need to constantly ask for money.The state this year became the third, after Maine and Arizona, to implement full public financing of statewide elections.


In the article “Connecticut Hopefuls Flock to Public Financing,” Peter Applebome reports:


Down, but not out

The news of Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) $150 million haul in September with an average donation under $100 combined with Obama's decision to opt out of the partial presidential public financing system gave political prognosticators and pundits the opportunity to declare the death of public financing. They signed the certificate and called the morgue.


Record breaking numbers in Connecticut

Wow. We've been talking about this for months and knew that participation in Connecticut's first round of Clean Elections would be high, but seeing final numbers come out doesn't make it any less impressive.


Not This Time

I'm sorry to report that Alaska's Clean Elections ballot initiative did not pass yesterday -- in fact, on the primary ballot where both Sen. Ted Stevens (R) and Rep. Don Young (R) faced primary challenges none of the ballot initiatives got much love. But as they say, Rome wasn't built in a day. This is only the beginning of Alaska's fight for Clean Elections.

Going to a Vote

As Sen. Ted Stevens' (R-AK) trial date approaches the details of the case against him are slowly coming to light. He is alleged to have accepted gifts and services from VECO Corp. (like the expensive remodel of his home) in exchange for doing official favors for the company, then concealed the extent of those gifts. Stevens is set to stand trial in late September.