Tax Financed Campaigns State

Letter to California Governor Jerry Brown on Constitutional Issues with S.B. 1107

PDF of letter available here Via fax and mail The Honorable Governor Jerry Brown c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173 Sacramento, CA 95814 Dear Governor Brown: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics,[1] I urge you to veto Senate Bill 1107, which amends the Political Reform Act of 1974 to permit the State of California […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Tax Financed Campaigns Comments, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Governor Jerry Brown, Political Reform Act of 1974, S.B. 1107, California

Analysis of the “South Dakota Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act” (2016 Initiated Measure 22)

PDF of analysis available here By Eric Wang, Senior Fellow[1] This November, South Dakotans will be asked to approve or reject ten statewide ballot questions. Among these is Initiated Measure 22, which would make approximately 70 changes to the state’s campaign finance and lobbying laws. While some of these provisions are minor, others set forth […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Comments, Contribution Limits State, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State Comments and Testimony, Tax Financed Campaigns Comments, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, 2016 Initiated Measure 22, South Dakota Democracy Credit Program, South Dakota

Letter to the California Fair Political Practices Commission on Proposed SB 1107 Amendment

The Honorable Jodi Remke Chair California Fair Political Practices Commission 438 J Street, Suite 620 Sacramento, California 95814 RE: The Proposed SB 1107 Amendment of the Political Reform Act’s Public Financing Ban Does Not “Further [the] Purposes” of the Act and May Not Be Enacted by the Legislature Without Referral to the Voters under Article […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State Comments and Testimony, Tax Financed Campaigns Comments, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Political Reform Act of 1974, California

Who’s in on the Dirty Secret behind Tax-Financed Campaigns?

A little-noticed, but interesting op-ed from Public Citizen lobbyist Craig Holman appeared in The Washington Post recently advocating for tax-financed campaigns in Washington D.C. city elections. In his op-ed, Holman appears to take the unusual position that these programs are beneficial because they do not affect the outcome of races: For incumbent elected officials, the […]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Craig Holman, D.C. City Council, public citizen, Arizona, Maine, New York

Support for Maine Legislative Document 1290 (S.P. 465)

The Honorable Scott Cyrway The Honorable Louis Luchini The Honorable Jonathan Kinney Re:  Support for Legislative Document 1290 (S.P. 465) Dear Chairs Cyrway and Luchini, Ranking Minority Member Kinney, and members of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics,[1] I write to offer our support for […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State Comments and Testimony, Tax Financed Campaigns Comments, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Maine Clean Election Act, Maine

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 […]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Arizona, Connecticut, Maine

Policy Primer: Taxpayer-Financed Campaigns – A Costly and Failed Policy

Often euphemistically referred to as “clean elections” or public financing, taxpayer-financed campaign programs seek to replace private, voluntary contributions from citizens to their favored candidates with government grants of taxpayer dollars to candidates who meet certain requirements. Commonly promoted as a cure-all for improving government and reducing corruption, an evaluation of Arizona, Connecticut, and Maine’s […]

Filed Under: External Relations Sub-Pages, Research, Tax Financed Campaigns Handouts, Tax Financed Campaigns Research, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, Center for Competitive Politics, clean elections, corruption, Fraud, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, New York

The Dangers of Government Control over Campaigns: NYC Edition

As New York State legislators consider implementing a taxpayer-financed campaign scheme modeled after New York City’s program, a complaint filed against the New York City Campaign Finance Board (NYCCFB) raises an important concern about these programs:  if public funding becomes a necessity to win public office, the government can effectively shut down campaigns merely by […]

Filed Under: Blog, Communications, External Relations Sub-Pages, Issues, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, Albany, Center for Competitive Politics, clean elections, Diversity in Legislatures, Government Run Elections, John Liu, Lawsuit, Luke Wachob, New York City Campaign Finance Board, tax financing, New York

The Last Rites of Public Campaign Financing?

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Arizona Free Enterprise v. Bennett, this Nebraska Law Review article by Hofstra University Law School Professor James J. Sample asserts the current predicament of public campaign financing is such that options that are still on the table under the Court’s First Amendment jurisprudence are, with […]

Filed Under: External Relations Sub-Pages, First Amendment, Research, Tax Financed Campaigns Research, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, Arizona, Arizona Free Enterprise v. Bennett, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, clean elections, First Amendment, James J. Sample, NYC, public financing, Supreme Court, tax financing, taxpayer financed campaigns, taxpayer-financed campaigns, First Amendment, First Amendment, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, Arizona, Connecticut, Maine

Another “clean” candidate caught for corruption

We often point out that while supporters of tax-financed campaigns portray these programs as a way to fundamentally transform the make-up and behavior of government, existing tax-financing programs are plagued with corruption, and they look (see here and here) and act (see here and here) a lot like the privately-financed legislatures they replaced. Interestingly, the […]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Maine, New York