“Is it any surprise that Congress has been unable to shape a sound national energy policy based on scientific evidence and the needs of all our people, not just the moneyed interests?”- Gus Speth
Fair Elections is a new and innovative approach to the problem of special interest money in American elections. It combines what works in our current campaign finance system – citizen small donations – with matching public funds to ensure competitive campaigns. And it rejects what doesn’t work: big money from lobbyists and special interest groups seeking access and influence in government. In five states from Arizona to Maine, Fair Elections is ushering in a new, more accountable politics.
Experience with state Fair Elections has shown that candidates willingly forego the big-money system when presented with the alternative of raising small donations matched with public funds. In Maine, Arizona, Connecticut, North Carolina, and New Mexico, comprehensive Fair Election programs have significantly increased electoral competition and encouraged unprecedented participation by citizen small donors. Over 75% of elected officials voluntarily participate in state Fair Elections systems. Additionally, more than half of states currently offer some form of public campaign finance.
|Contribution Limit (indivs.)||$100 primary
|Qualifying Contributions||1,500 in-state $50,000 raised||1,500 + 500 per CD instate; $50,000 +10% of primary grant raised|
|Primary Funding (est.)||$360,000 grant + 4:1 matching funds||$500,000 grant + $100,000 per CD + 4:1 matching funds|
|General Funding (est.)||$540,000 grant + 4:1 match funds||$750,000 grant + $250,000 per CD + 4:1 matching funds|
|Public Spending Limits (est.)||$900,000 grants; match up to $1.8 million||$1.25 million + $350,000 per CD grant; match up to 200% of grant|