Maine

The Connection between Tax Financing of Political Campaigns and Free Speech

Taxpayer-financing of political campaigns is an increasingly salient issue at the state and local level. Advocates of greater campaign finance regulation argue such policies will reduce the influence of large donors in campaigns and, consequently, improve the political system in other areas too. In reality, many years of experience demonstrate that tax-financing of campaigns is […]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Handouts, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax-Financing, New York City, Seattle, Arizona, Connecticut, Maine

Giving Taxpayer Dollars to Local D.C. Politicians is a Bad Idea

Last week, D.C. Councilmember and Chair Pro Tempore Kenyan McDuffie took to the pages of The Washington Post to advocate for taxpayer funding for local political campaigns. Under this system, candidates for Council (and a handful of additional races) who agree to only accept small-dollar contributions and completely forgo donations from PACs would receive $5 […]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, corruption, Kenyan McDuffie, Los Angeles, New York City, Seattle, Washington DC, Arizona, California, Maine, New York, Washington

Statement of Tyler Martinez on D.C. Council’s B22-0192, the “Fair Elections Act of 2017”

PDF available here Statement of Tyler Martinez Attorney, Center for Competitive Politics B22-0192, the “Fair Elections Act of 2017” Before the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety Council of the District of Columbia June 29, 2017 Chairman Allen and members of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, on behalf of the Center […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Tax Financed Campaigns Comments, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, District of Columbia, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Arizona, California, Connecticut, Maine, New Jersey

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 […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Sub-Pages, Research, Tax Financed Campaigns Handouts, Tax Financed Campaigns Research, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Act, CCEA, clean elections, Maine Clean Election Act, MCEA, public financing, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, Arizona, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Minnesota

Illinois S.B. 1424; Taxpayer-Financed Campaigns – A Failed and Costly Policy

The Honorable Daniel J. Burke The Honorable Robert Rita The Honorable Joe Sosnowski Re:  S.B. 1424; Taxpayer-Financed Campaigns – A Failed and Costly Policy Dear Chairperson Burke, Vice-Chairperson Rita, Republican Spokesperson Sosnowski, and Members of the House Executive Committee: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (the “Center”),[1] I respectfully submit the following comments […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Tax Financed Campaigns Comments, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Los Angeles, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, New Jersey

Supporters of Public Financing Still Cannot Make a Convincing Case

A debate about taxpayer-financing of political campaigns has sprung up in New Hampshire over the last few weeks. The discussion began when former Vice President Joe Biden visited the Granite State in late April, making headlines when he told a crowd that taxpayer financing would “change the whole damn world.” Progressives have long touted publicly-funded […]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax-Financing, Joe Biden, John Rauh, New Hampshire Union Leader, Maine, New Hampshire

Oregon H.B. 2578; Taxpayer-Financed Campaigns – A Failed and Costly Policy

The Honorable Jennifer Williamson The Honorable Mike McLane The Honorable Dan Rayfield Re:  H.B. 2578; Taxpayer-Financed Campaigns – A Failed and Costly Policy Dear Chair Williamson, Vice-Chair McLane, Vice-Chair Rayfield, and Members of the House Rules Committee: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (the “Center”),[1] I respectfully submit the following comments concerning myriad […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Tax Financed Campaigns Comments, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Los Angeles, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Oregon

Maine Activists Embrace Taxpayer Subsidies for Politicians in Ignorance of Systemic Flaws

In Maine, some speech regulatory activists are already celebrating the 2016 election cycle as an important milestone. Not because they are expecting higher voter turnout, more competitive races, or more women or minority candidates running for office. Rather, these activists are giddy that more politicians are taking the hard-earned dollars of Maine taxpayers to run […]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax-Financing, corruption, Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, Maine Clean Election Act, Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, New York

Who’s in on the Dirty Secret behind Tax-Financed Campaigns?

A little-noticed, but interesting op-ed from Public Citizen lobbyist Craig Holman appeared in The Washington Post recently advocating for tax-financed campaigns in Washington D.C. city elections. In his op-ed, Holman appears to take the unusual position that these programs are beneficial because they do not affect the outcome of races: For incumbent elected officials, the […]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Craig Holman, D.C. City Council, public citizen, Arizona, Maine, New York

Amending Maine’s ‘Clean’ Election Act Will Still Produce More Broken Promises for Mainers

Due to the efforts of proponents of tax-financed campaign schemes – sometimes euphemistically referred to as “clean elections” programs by their advocates – Maine residents will once again have the opportunity to cast a vote this November on how campaigns are regulated in their state. As reported by Paul Blumenthal in The Huffington Post, the […]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Huffington Post, Maine Clean Election Act, Maine, New York

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