A Response to Michael G. Miller

Barnard College political science professor Michael G. Miller takes issue with my recent op-ed on Arizona’s Citizens Clean Elections Program, in which I argue that the dearth of contested races in Arizona’s recent primaries suggests a failure of the program to transform politics as advertised, a claim bolstered by the Government Accountability Office (GAO)’s extensive […]

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Legislative Review: 2013 State Legislative Trends – Campaign Contribution Limits Increase in Nine States

As this Legislative Review explains, a Center for Competitive Politics’ survey of 2013 state legislative activity shows that nine states – Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Wyoming – raised or eliminated various campaign contribution limits last year. Five states increased their limits by 100% or more, two more increased their […]

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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 […]

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Issue Analysis No. 8: Do Taxpayer-Funded Campaigns Increase Voter Turnout?

The Center’s eighth Issue Analysis examines the frequent claims of advocates of taxpayer-funded political campaigns that these systems improve government by increasing political participation and voter turnout. If the claims of these advocates are true, we would expect to find increased voter turnout in the two states that have had taxpayer-funded campaigns for all legislative races […]

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UPDATED: Issue Analysis No. 4: Do Taxpayer-Funded Campaigns Actually Save Taxpayer Dollars?

Note: This report is an updated version of an Issue Analysis originally published by the Center for Competitive Politics in September 2008. This version has been edited to incorporate several additional measures of government spending. Advocates of taxpayer-financed campaign programs often predict that these programs will actually save tax dollars by removing, or at least […]

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Public Election Funding: An Assessment of What We Would Like to Know

The implementation and expansion of tax-financed campaign programs in a few states and municipalities around the U.S. over the past decade raised the specter of significant changes in the financing of campaigns at the state and local level. Tax-financing advocates claimed that these programs would increase electoral competition, reduce the influence of campaign contributors and […]

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In the News: AP: Arizona Legislature backs campaign finance changes

By Cristina Silva The Arizona Senate passed in a 17-13 vote Tuesday a bill seeking to increase the amount of money individuals and political committees may give to a privately funded candidate. The House approved the legislation in a 32-23 vote in February.   Read more…

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Nebraska Done with Matching Funds

It nearly went unnoticed but a court in Nebraska has decided to follow the Supreme Court’s ruling in Arizona Free Enterprise Club v. Bennett, a decision that was greeted with horror by reformers in 2011 because it declared “the use of ‘matching funds,’ whereby a privately-financed candidate for political office would be forced to trigger […]

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Amicus Brief: McComish v. Bennett

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