Taxpayer Financed Campaigns

Issue Analysis No. 10: Do Taxpayer-Funded Campaigns Increase Political Competitiveness?

The Center’s tenth issue analysis examines the claim by proponents of taxpayer-funded political campaigns that such systems improve the political process by exposing incumbent politicians to more competition and increasing the chance that challengers will defeat them in elections. If this claim is true, we would expect to find lower incumbent re-election rates in states […]

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Free Speech Matters: The Roberts Court and the First Amendment

In this article, Brooklyn Law School Professor Joel M. Gora, a CCP Academic Advisor, examines the impact of the Roberts Court on First Amendment rights after ten years, particularly with regards to campaign finance law in cases like Citizens United v. FEC and McCutcheon v. FEC. Written as part of a symposium on “Free Speech Under Fire” […]

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Do State Campaign Finance Reforms Increase Trust and Confidence in State Government?

In this study, CCP Academic Advisor Jeff Milyo, a Professor of Economics of the University of Missouri, tests the hypothesis that restrictive campaign finance laws improve citizens’ perceptions of government. As Milyo explains, the political and legal battle over campaign finance reform hinges on differing views about the importance of such regulations for preserving and […]

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Leveling the Playing Field? The Role of Public Campaign Funding in Elections

In this article by Tilman Klumpp, Hugo M. Mialon, and Michael A. Williams, the authors assess the role of public financing systems in elections. In a series of First Amendment cases, the U.S. Supreme Court established that government may regulate campaign finance, but not if such regulation imposes costs on political speech and the purpose […]

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Policy Primer: Taxpayer-Financed Campaigns – A Costly and Failed Policy

Often euphemistically referred to as “clean elections” or public financing, taxpayer-financed campaign programs seek to replace private, voluntary contributions from citizens to their favored candidates with government grants of taxpayer dollars to candidates who meet certain requirements. Commonly promoted as a cure-all for improving government and reducing corruption, an evaluation of Arizona, Connecticut, and Maine’s […]

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Do Campaign Donors Influence Polarization? Evidence from Public Financing in the American States

In this article, the authors examine how the source of campaign funds influences legislative polarization. The authors develop competing theoretical expectations regarding the effects of publicly-financed elections on legislative voting behavior and posit that public financing may polarize, moderate, or have negligible effects on roll call votes. To test these expectations, the study leverages a […]

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How the Public Funding of Elections Increases Candidate Polarization

In this article, the author shows that the public funding of elections produces a large decrease in the financial and electoral advantage of incumbents. Despite these effects on electoral competition, the study demonstrates that public funding produces more polarization and candidate divergence – not less. Finally, the article establishes that this effect is at least […]

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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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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 […]

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