Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog

Tax-Financed Campaigns and Corruption in New York: The Wrong Treatment for the Right Diagnosis

The arrest of New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on federal corruption charges has added fuel to the already fiery debate over just what’s wrong with Albany. Ciara Torres-Spelliscy makes a sharp observation on the subject: “In 2004 the Brennan Center called Albany the most dysfunctional legislature in the nation. One of the […]

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Support for Tax-Financed Presidential Campaigns Sinks to New Low

Over at NPR, Peter Overby reviews the decline of the Presidential Public Funding Program. Created in 1972, the program provides tax dollars to presidential candidates who agree to limit their campaign spending. Funding comes from a voluntary $3 check-off box prominently located at the top of the 1040 tax form alongside your first and last […]

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The Lie that Just Won’t Die: Do Tax-Financed Campaigns Help Female Candidates?

Maine State Senator Ed Youngblood is a rare breed of Republican: one who supports tax-financed campaign programs. Because of that fact, he gets a lot of publicity from left-leaning organizations and publications that wish to advertise tax-financing schemes as nonpartisan “good government” initiatives rather than the failed, ideological experiments they are. In our experience, most […]

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Tax-Financed Campaigns: Who Exactly are They Helping?

Recent years have witnessed a shrinking of the legal rationale for restricting the ability of independent groups to spend funds urging voters to support or oppose candidates. In response, those seeking to “get money out of politics” have turned to new avenues to counter what they perceive as the outsized influence of wealthy voices in […]

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Public Financing: Achieving its Goals?

Below is a transcript of Bradley A. Smith’s remarks on tax-financed campaigns at the AmericanForum: How we finance our political campaigns debate: There’s no real evidence that public financing is achieving any of its goals. In the states where it’s been used it hasn’t reduced corruption, it hasn’t brought more women and minorities into politics, it hasn’t increased […]

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Tax-Financed Campaigns on the Wane in Maine

Maine’s tax-financed campaign program is struggling, according to an article by the Bangor Daily News’ Mario Moretto. He writes, “[t]he steady, precipitous decline in participation in Maine’s publicly funded election program continues this year, with only about half of all legislative candidates opting to forgo private campaign contributions.” Moretto explains that, “[i]n 2006 and 2008, […]

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The Arizona Republic: Let’s face it: Clean Elections has failed (In the News)

By Luke Wachob The independent Government Accountability Office studied these programs and found that public financing regimes in Arizona and Maine did not encourage new candidates or aid candidates challenging incumbents. On the contrary, “[t]here were no statistically significant differences observed for … contestedness (number of candidates per race) and incumbent reelection rates.” In addition, a Center […]

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The Legislative Gazette: Conservative party puts legislators on alert over campaign finance issue (In the News)

By MATTHEW DONDIEGO Citing a 2011 report from the Center for Competitive Politics, the memo insists “the abuse of public funds is so severe and the record of corrupt practices and other misdeeds are so rampant, particularly in the city of New York, that such a system cannot possibly live up to the ‘clean’ moniker that has been […]

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Yonkers Tribune: Conservative Party Supports Taxpayers – Opposes Public Money for Campaigns (In the News)

By Hezi Aris In September 2011, Jason Farrell published a report for the Center for Competitive Politics that showed how a number of candidates and their associates, in New York City, Maine and Arizona willfully abuse the campaign finance system, exploit loopholes ensuring they can keep much of their donation money off the books, and […]

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Buffalo News: Public financing of elections only provides more avenues for corruption (In the News)

By Luke Wachob This experiment has been played out in New York City, where public financing for City Council candidates has resulted in an astounding $19 million being handed to candidates who were later investigated on corruption charges since 2001. Three other states already have tax-financed campaign programs for all legislative races, and the results should serve as […]

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