Tax Financed Campaigns State

Another “clean” candidate caught for corruption

We often point out that while supporters of tax-financed campaigns portray these programs as a way to fundamentally transform the make-up and behavior of government, existing tax-financing programs are plagued with corruption, and they look (see here and here) and act (see here and here) a lot like the privately-financed legislatures they replaced. Interestingly, the […]

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

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 […]

Filed Under: External Relations Sub-Pages, Research, Tax Financed Campaigns Handouts, Tax Financed Campaigns Research, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, Arizona, Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Act, CCEA, Center for Competitive Politics, clean elections, Luke Wachob, maine, MCEA, pork, public financing, taxpayer financed campaigns, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, Arizona, Maine

$60 Million Down the Drain

No matter how many times we set the record straight, it seems we just can’t rid the world of myths surrounding tax-financed campaigns (for an introduction to tax-financed campaigns, see here). The latest comes from an opinion piece in the Huffington Post by a tax-financing advocate, who claims that New York State will actually save […]

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Election Law Handbook for Legislators and State Policymakers

This Election Law Handbook provides an informative guide to a variety of topics in campaign finance and election law likely to arise in any state legislative session. A useful tool for anyone interested in topical election law issues, in addition to original content, this Handbook suggests recommended reading for more in-depth analysis of the subjects discussed […]

Filed Under: Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Handouts, Contribution Limits State, Contributions & Limits, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Handouts, Disclosure State, Electoral College, External Relations Sub-Pages, State, Tax Financed Campaigns Handouts, Tax Financed Campaigns Research, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, Contribution Limits, Disclosure, Electoral College, Contributions & Limits, Disclosure, Electoral College, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, 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

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 […]

Filed Under: External Relations Sub-Pages, Research, Tax Financed Campaigns Handouts, Tax Financed Campaigns Research, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, Arizona, CCEP, Center for Competitive Politics, Citizens Clean Elections Program, clean elections, Issue Analysis 4, Luke Wachob, maine, Maine Clean Election Act, Matt Nese, MCEA, pork, public financing, savings for taxpayers, Sean Parnell, special interests, tax dollars, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, Arizona, Maine

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

UPDATED: Issue Analysis No. 3: Do Tax-Funded Campaigns Increase the Percentage of Women in State Legislatures?

Note: This report is an updated version of an Issue Analysis originally published by the Center for Competitive Politics in August 2008. This version has been edited to include data from three additional legislative sessions in Arizona and Maine. Advocates of taxpayer-funded political campaigns, often called “clean elections” by their proponents, claim that these systems provide […]

Filed Under: External Relations Sub-Pages, Research, Tax Financed Campaigns Handouts, Tax Financed Campaigns Research, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, Arizona, Maine

UPDATED: Issue Analysis No. 2: Legislator Occupations – Change or Status Quo After Tax-Funded Campaigns

Note: This report is an updated version of an Issue Analysis originally published by the Center for Competitive Politics in April 2008. This version has been edited to include data from three additional legislative sessions in Arizona and Maine. Proponents of tax-funded political campaigns, often called “clean elections” by their supporters, assert that these programs […]

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

UPDATED: Issue Analysis No. 1: Do Taxpayer-Funded Campaigns Reduce Lobbyist and Special Interest Influence?

Note: This report is an updated version of an Issue Analysis originally published by the Center for Competitive Politics in March 2008. This version has been edited to include data from five additional years in Arizona (2008 – 2012) and six additional years in Maine (2008 – 2013). Beginning with the 2000 election cycle, Arizona and […]

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

Lots of Hope but Little Evidence at D.C. City Council Hearing

On Thursday, July 11, the D.C. City Council Committee on Government Operations held a public roundtable on the feasibility of implementing taxpayer-funded campaigns for City Council elections in the District. Testimony was offered from policymakers and advocates from taxpayer-funded systems (in Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, and New York City), local D.C. groups and citizens, national advocacy […]

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