Maine

Oregon H.B. 2578; Taxpayer-Financed Campaigns – A Failed and Costly Policy

The Honorable Jennifer Williamson The Honorable Mike McLane The Honorable Dan Rayfield Re:  H.B. 2578; Taxpayer-Financed Campaigns – A Failed and Costly Policy Dear Chair Williamson, Vice-Chair McLane, Vice-Chair Rayfield, and Members of the House Rules Committee: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (the “Center”),[1] I respectfully submit the following comments concerning myriad […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Tax Financed Campaigns Comments, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Oregon

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

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

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

Comments on the Federal Election Commission’s “Public Forum on Women in Politics”

Chair Ann M. Ravel Vice Chairman Matthew S. Petersen Re:  Federal Election Commission “Public Forum on Women in Politics” Dear Chair Ravel, Vice Chairman Petersen, and fellow Commissioners: The Center for Competitive Politics[1] enthusiastically supports efforts to encourage greater participation in political campaigns. Actions to make it easier for citizens to run for office and […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, Tax Financed Campaigns Comments, Draft Committees, federal election commission, Women in Politics, Arizona, Connecticut, Maine

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

Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Maine Legislative Document 1192 (S.P. 419)

The Honorable Scott Cyrway The Honorable Louis Luchini The Honorable Jonathan Kinney Re:  Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Legislative Document 1192 (S.P. 419) 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 (CCP),[1] Senior Fellow […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Money in Politics, State Comments and Testimony, Compelled Speech, disclaimers, Independent Expenditures, McCutcheon v FEC, Maine

Constitutional and Practical Issues with Maine Legislative Document 189

The Honorable Scott Cyrway The Honorable Louis Luchini The Honorable Jonathan Kinney Re:  Constitutional and Practical Issues with Legislative Document 189 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 am writing you today to […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Money in Politics, State Comments and Testimony, Maine

Leveling the Playing Field? The Role of Public Campaign Funding in Elections

In this article by Tilman Klumpp, Hugo M. Mialon, and Michael A. Williams, the authors assess the role of public financing systems in elections. In a series of First Amendment cases, the U.S. Supreme Court established that government may regulate campaign finance, but not if such regulation imposes costs on political speech and the purpose […]

Filed Under: Jurisprudence & Litigation, Research, Tax Financed Campaigns Research, Tax-Financing, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, Arizona, Connecticut, Maine