As regular readers of this blog and followers of the Center can attest, we are not fans of so-called “clean elections” programs like the Fair Elections Now Act, which provide taxpayer funds to politicians to run for office. Our reasons are many and varied: they don’t keep “special interests” out of politics like proponents claim, they don’t change who gets elected to office, they don’t do anything to reduce “corruption” by politicians, they tend to further entrench incumbents — I could go on, but I think you get the point.
That said, I stumbled across this story regarding a novel approach on the “clean elections” issue, one likely to provide none of the benefits that “clean elections” always fail to provide, but this time without wasting taxpayer dollars. The Anne Arbor News (MI) reports:
Leaders in the City of Ann Arbor Democratic Party (http://www.aadems.org) are considering a proposal that would significantly change local campaign funding and help create more primary election contests.