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The Truth About Tax-Funded Campaigns

There are a number of reasons that arguments for tax financing of political campaigns tend to fail. Sometimes they’re based on demonstrably false claims about the ability of these programs to increase competitiveness and diversity in politics. Sometimes they ignore the high potential for abuse and corruption that these programs create. Sometimes they’re purely self-serving […]

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

UPDATED: Clean Elections and Scandal: Case Studies from Maine, Arizona and New York City

Note: This report is an updated version of an Issue Review originally published by the Center for Competitive Politics in September 2011. This version has been edited to include updates to previously reported cases of public corruption in Arizona, Maine, and New York City as well as to incorporate information on new abuses of taxpayer dollars […]

Filed Under: Research, Tax Financed Campaigns Handouts, Tax Financed Campaigns Research, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, Arizona, Maine, New York

In the News: YNN: Lawsuit claims town code on political signs is unconstitutional

Sarah Blazonis writes for YNN: He said, “My wife was at home, and she got the knock. I wasn’t here. If I had been here, I probably would’ve, definitely would’ve told the person who came that what he was asking to do was unconstitutional.” The Town of Manlius official who visited the Rubins back in […]

Filed Under: Broadcast, Video, Audio, Completed Case, In the News, In the News Our Cases, Litigation Blog/Press Releases, Quotes CCP, Rubin v. Theobald Other Links, New York

In the News: Syracuse Post Standard: Campaign lawn sign restrictions in town of Manlius face new legal challenge

Elizaveth Doran writes for the Post Standard about the Center’s recent lawsuit agains the Town of Manlius: Rubin said in 2008 town officials came to his house and told his wife the three signs on their lawn backing political candidates had to be removed because they violated the time restrictions. Political lawn signs can’t be […]

Filed Under: Completed Case, Current Case, In the News, In the News Our Cases, Litigation Blog/Press Releases, Quotes CCP, Rubin v. Theobald Other Links, Rubin v. Theobald Other Links, New York

UPDATED: Issue Analysis 5: Do Lower Contribution Limits Decrease Public Corruption?

Note: This report is an updated version of an Issue Analysis originally published by the Center for Competitive Politics in January 2009. This version has been edited to reflect contribution limits from the 2011-2012 election cycle and corruption data, from 2001-2010. Advocates of campaign finance regulation often claim that contributions to political candidates must be limited […]

Filed Under: Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Handouts, Contribution Limits State, Contributions & Limits, Faulty Assumptions, Research, State, Campaign Contribution Limits, Center for Competitive Politics, corruption, Issue Analysis 5, Luke Wachob, Matt Nese, money in politics, the 50 states, U.S. Census Bureau, Contribution Limits, Faulty Assumptions, Contributions & Limits, Faulty Assumptions, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District Of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

In the News: NY State Senator Jack Martins: The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning

NY State Senator Jack Martins writes:  This past week, my office received a phone call at 1:23 a.m. from an organizer at MoveOn.org who threatened to oust me from office unless I embrace a bill calling for taxpayer funding of political campaigns. The call came as no surprise as people who call empty offices in […]

Filed Under: In the News, Quotes CCP, New York

In the News: WNYT: State Senate public hearing on campaign finance reform creates controversy

By Bill Lambdin …”There’s no evidence that any of this (public campaign financing) works,” said David Keating. “There’s no evidence that it reduces corruption.”  Keating criticized New York City’s campaign financing system, which can provide six dollars of taxpayer money for every one dollar a candidate raises… Read more…

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

In the News: Times Union: Protesters shut out of election finance hearing pitch dollar bills

By Jimmy Vielkind …”There’s no evidence that any of this works,” said David Keating, president of the CCP, an organization funded by several prolific Republican donors. “If the worry is corruption, why would you want to give more state tax dollars to corrupt politicians? … This is like providing whiskey and car keys to teenage […]

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

In the News: NY Daily News: Senate Hearing On NYC Campaign Finance System Goes Out The Window

By GLENN BLAIN …David Keating, president of the Virginia-based Center for Competitive Politics, urged senators to reject public financing schemes like the one used in New York City, arguing it would only put more taxpayer money in the hands of corrupt politicians… Read more…

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

CCP Comments before the New York State Senate Elections Committee

CCP Comments before the New York State Senate Elections Committee While proponents of so-called “clean elections” proposals tout the programs as a panacea for eliminating corruption and “fixing government,” the experience of three states with similar versions of these programs, as well as New York City’s own program is very telling. Since the inception of […]

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