Public Financing

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Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Speaks on Public Financing

WisPolitics.com interviewed Wisconsin Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton on the state of Wisconsin politics and her future ambitions for office. Excerpted here is the section that focuses on her support for full public financing of campaigns in the model of Arizona, Maine, and Connecticut and her work with the Governor towards reforming the state's campaign finance laws.

Mad As, Well, You Know

David Sirota, the author of Hostile Takeover who writes frequently on the importance of publicly financed elections has this awfully satisfying rant up over at Huffington Post on how frustrating it is to watch legislators campaign against corruption, then go right back to cocktail hour with lobbyists.

 

Well, Wisconsin?

Ed Garvey, writing for Wisconsin's Capital Times, urges Governor Jim Doyle to back public financing of campaigns and take special interest money's bite out of state politics. Dismissing and discrediting the arguments against a Clean Elections model, Garvey makes his case for putting elections back in the hands of people.

 

The Place and Time for Public Financing

Public Campaign Action Fund's David Donnelly writes in The Baltimore Sun about the mandate voters delivered to Congress on November 8th: clean up Washington. With majority control shifting to the Democrats, and incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi putting ethics rules at the top of her list, it's time for Congress to get behind full public financing of congressional elections.

 

Federal Opening

David Sirota, author of Hostile Takeover, writes on TomPaine.com that now is the moment to push for full public financing of federal campaigns. There are encouraging circumstances - and some roadblocks, of course - that could make the legacy of the 2006 elections an end the legalized bribery masquerading as our campaign finance system.

 

Election Aftermath

Even as votes are still being counted in close races around the country, speculation on reforms to counter the high-cost, special-interest dominated election process is being offered up. Writers at both the Chicago Sun-Times and the Winston-Salem Journal cite the Voters First Pledge, its principles and signers, as showing the way forward.

 

Opposites Allied

Edgar Bronfman Sr., former CEO of Seagrams, and Deborah Simpson, a former waitress and current Clean-elected state legislator in Maine co-author this editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer on why they support Clean Elections. It's an excellent read.

 

Who in North Carolina Puts Voters First?

Last week Nick Nyhart, our executive director paid a visit to North Carolina to talk about the Voters First Pledge and cleaning up Congress -- today the News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina spotlights the pledge, including North Carolina candidates who have signed (see second section).

 

Who has signed the pledge and is expected to win?

Below is a table of candidates for federal office who have signed the Voters First Pledge and, according to press reports, who are likely to win their elections or who are in toss-up elections. Please let us know of any mistakes or suggested additions to this list. (I should note that we understand support for these policies extends beyond those who responded to the pledge. Public Campaign Action Fund reserves the right to remove comments that advocate election or defeat of named candidates.)

 

Clean Elections for New York

New York's campaign donation limits are easily circumvented, rules regulating lobbying during an election year are few and far between, and incumbents hold tremendous advantage in the fundraising game: the state needs a Clean Elections law and the Albany Times-Union has published an editorial by Public Campaign's Executive Director, Nick Nyhart, explaining why.