The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) submitted testimony today at a Maryland Senate hearing on taxpayer funded campaigns.
The testimony, by CCP’s Director of Government and Coalition Relations Kristin Meade, lays out a clear case against such welfare for politician schemes. Legislators are considering testimony on Senate Bill 663, which would implement taxpayer funded campaigns with a $5 check off system.
On the federal level, such a system has a low and declining level of public support, with only 12 percent of taxpayers deciding to participate. The testimony also points out the flaws of taxpayer funded campaigns in states that have adopted the programs, such as Arizona and Maine, and explains how grand promises of ending corruption have not been proven correct in these states.