Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog

“Clean Elections” May Provide Taxpayer Funding for Anti-Semitism

Does using taxpayers’ hard-earned money to fund speech they fundamentally disagree with reduce corruption in government? This may seem like a preposterous question, but according to supporters of tax-financed campaigns, the answer is yes. Presently, one candidate in New York City is providing a clear example of what exactly can go wrong when you start […]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, New York City, Thomas Lopez-Pierre, New York

Demos Study Doesn’t Prove Donors Control Politics, But it Suggests Government Should

The progressive advocacy group Demos released a study examining the demographics of the “elite donor” class, arguing that its makeup unfairly shapes policy formation in America. Their study finds that the biggest political contributors are proportionally more white and male than small and non-donors, that their policy preferences are more conservative than Americans as a […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, Super PACs, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax-Financing, Buckley v. Valeo, Demos, Elite Donors, Small Donors

CCP Calls on Gov. Brown to Veto Bill that Bypasses Voters

Bill violates 1988 law that bans tax subsidies for politicians Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) sent a letter to California Governor Jerry Brown today urging him to veto California Senate Bill 1107, which permits the State of California and its localities to subsidize candidate campaigns with Californians’ tax dollars. This action directly violates the Political […]

Filed Under: Blog, Press Releases, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Governor Jerry Brown, Political Reform Act of 1974, S.B. 1107, California

Maine Activists Embrace Taxpayer Subsidies for Politicians in Ignorance of Systemic Flaws

In Maine, some speech regulatory activists are already celebrating the 2016 election cycle as an important milestone. Not because they are expecting higher voter turnout, more competitive races, or more women or minority candidates running for office. Rather, these activists are giddy that more politicians are taking the hard-earned dollars of Maine taxpayers to run […]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax-Financing, corruption, Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, Maine Clean Election Act, Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, New York

CCP Releases Analysis of Initiated Measure 22: The “South Dakota Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act”

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics, America’s largest nonprofit focusing on public education and defense of First Amendment political speech rights, released an analysis today by Senior Fellow Eric Wang regarding South Dakota’s Initiated Measure 22, otherwise known as the “South Dakota Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act.” To read the analysis, click here […]

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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

Majority of Americans Oppose Tax-Financed Campaign Schemes

New joint polling from the Associated Press and National Opinion Research Center finds that a majority of Americans oppose tax-financed campaign programs, preferring candidates to raise money through voluntary donations from supporters. More than twice as many people say presidential campaigns should raise money through donations (56%) as say government should pick up the tab […]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax-Financing, Larry Lessig, National Opinion Research Center, polling

Solutions that Don’t Solve the Problem

Problem: Some elected officials are directing tax dollars to businesses that pay them under the table. Solution: Give these elected officials more tax dollars to fund their campaigns. At least that’s what The New York Times would have you believe in the wake of the conviction of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver […]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, New York Times, Sheldon Silver

Amending Maine’s ‘Clean’ Election Act Will Still Produce More Broken Promises for Mainers

Due to the efforts of proponents of tax-financed campaign schemes – sometimes euphemistically referred to as “clean elections” programs by their advocates – Maine residents will once again have the opportunity to cast a vote this November on how campaigns are regulated in their state. As reported by Paul Blumenthal in The Huffington Post, the […]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Huffington Post, Maine Clean Election Act, Maine, New York

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 […]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, New York