Tax-Financing

Issue Analysis 2: Legislator Occupations: Change or Status Quo After Clean Elections?

This CCP study examines the claim that taxpayer financing programs allow a greater number of “non-traditional” candidates to run for office and win, focusing on legislators in Maine and Arizona before and after their respective programs began.  The report finds no evidence that taxpayer financing in either state has had any impact on the number of legislators from “non-traditional” backgrounds.

Filed Under: Research, Tax Financed Campaigns Research, Tax-Financing, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, Faulty Assumptions, Faulty Assumptions, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, Arizona, Maine

Issue Analysis 1: Do ‘Clean Elections’ Reduce Lobbyist and Special Interest Influence?

This CCP report that examines the number of lobbyist registrations in Arizona and Maine, the two states with the longest running public financing programs. Advocates for taxpayer financed campaigns often argue that their programs remove the threat of special interest influence, and presumably the number of lobbyists, but this research shows no relationship between taxpayer financed campaigns and the number of registered lobbyists.

Filed Under: Research, Tax Financed Campaigns Research, Tax-Financing, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, lobbying, lobbyist, Lobbying, Lobbying, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, Arizona, Maine

Testimony of CCP President Sean Parnell to Wisconsin State Senate Committee on Campaign Finance Reform, Rural Issues and Information Technology

Written testimony of CCP President Sean Parnell at a February 12, 2008 hearing of the Wisconsin State Senate Committee on Campaign Finance Reform, Rural Issues and Information Technology  on the topic of Senate Bill 12, 25 and 463.

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Comments, Contribution Limits State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, External Relations Sub-Pages, State, State Comments and Testimony, Tax Financed Campaigns Comments, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Uncategorized, Comments and Testimony

2007 Study Report: Has Public Funding Improved Maine Elections?

Since first taking effect in the 2000 election, the Maine Clean Election Act (MCEA) has been in operation for four elections. As a stipulation of the MCEA, a report was required on its status after several elections. What resulted is the following report from the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. This study surveys the overall effect of the MCEA by taking into account election data from the 2000-2006 elections, and applying it to the stated goals of the program. Accordingly, the report provides a detailed analysis of the MCEA’s various successes and failures in achieving its goals. A main analytical focus is on spending at all levels, which is calculated and explained through numerous tables and figures. The 2007 report concludes by highlighting the primary issues with the MCEA and offers recommendations to the Maine legislature, which they believe will solve these various problems.

Filed Under: Research, Tax Financed Campaigns Research, Tax-Financing, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, Maine

“Voter-Owned” Elections Pilot Won’t Fly

Press release on North Carolina’s government-financed elections pilot project

Filed Under: External Relations Sub-Pages, Press Releases, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Research, Tax-Financing

Campaign Finance Law Hurts New Yorkers

Today, New York City council considers a proposal to overhaul New York City’s campaign finance laws that will create second class political citizens and greatly expand taxpayer subsidies of campaigns.

Filed Under: Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, Contribution Limits State, External Relations Press Releases, External Relations Sub-Pages, Press Releases, State, State Press Releases and Blogs, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing

Government Financed Elections

Overview and CCP Vice President Stephen Hoersting’s Senate Testimony on Government-Financed Elections.

Filed Under: Research, Tax Financed Campaigns Research, Tax-Financing, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns

Supreme Court Should Decide Grassroots Disclosure Requirements

PRESS RELEASE: April 12, 2007

Media Contact: Mike Schrimpf (703) 682-9359

Filed Under: Other Resources – Corporate Governance, Press Releases, State Comments and Testimony, State Press Releases and Blogs, Tax Financed Campaigns Comments, Tax Financed Campaigns State

Political Welfare: Why Taxpayer-Funded Campaigns Are Bad for Taxpayers and Democracy

In this article, Daren Bakst analyzes the constitutional, financial, and practical issues surrounding North Carolina’s Judicial Campaign Reform Act of 2002, which instituted taxpayer-financed judicial campaigns in the state. Although the article details the constitutional issues inherent in the program’s “rescue funds” provision, which is now unconstitutional as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision in Arizona Free Enterprise Club’s Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett, it also goes in depth to disprove the philosophical and practical arguments of the program’s proponents. Ultimately, Bakst argues that, for a variety of reasons, North Carolina’s taxpayer-funded judicial campaign program should be repealed. Even more significantly, this article is instructive in summarizing many of the problems with judicial tax-financing programs and with tax-financing programs in general.

Filed Under: Research, Tax Financed Campaigns Research, Tax-Financing, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, North Carolina

Goldwater Institute Study on Arizona’s Taxpayer-financed Elections

A Goldwater Institute published by Allison Hayward about Arizona’s taxpayer financed elections.

Filed Under: Research, Tax Financed Campaigns Research, Tax-Financing, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, Arizona

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