The River City Reader has a good feature article on efforts of Voter Owned Iowa Clean Elections' (VOICE) effort to win a Clean Elections public financing system for the state. Featuring commentary from both Common Cause and Public Campaign, the article cites the high participation rates in both Arizona and Maine where Clean Elections has been working the longest, and acknowledges the uphill battle reformers face to win in Iowa.
Iowa Rep. Pam Jochum (D) has supported Clean Elections legislation on a number of occasions and feels the bill this session will make progress, even if it does not pass. It's worth mentioning that in addition to Iowa, other states are forging ahead with Clean Elections bills: New Jersey is working towards renewing its Clean Elections pilot project; North Carolina is working towards extending its Voter Owned Elections public financing program from judicial races to legislative races; Washington is looking at a number of public financing bills including one championed by Governor Christine Gregoire for judicial races; New York's Governor Eliot Spitzer has publicly announced his intentions to pursue full public financing of elections in his state; and Maryland's legislature is closer than it's ever been to passing Clean Elections.
On top of all of this, Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Reps. John Tierney (D-MA) and Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) are poised to introduce Clean Elections legislation in Congress.
Pretty cool, huh?