Campaign Finance Reform: Experiences of Two States That Offered Full Public Funding for Political Candidates

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DIANE Publishing, 2010 - 141 pages
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The 2000 elections in Maine and Arizona were the first in the nation┐s history where candidates seeking state legislative seats had the option to fully fund their campaigns with public moneys. In 2003, the programs┐ goals were to: (1) increase electoral competition; (2) increase voter choice; (3) curb increases in campaign costs; (4) reduce interest group influence; and (5) increase voter participation. The number of candidates who participated in the programs increased from 2000 to 2002. This report: (1) provides data on candidate participation; and (2) describes changes in five goals of Maine┐s and Arizona┐s programs in the 2000 through 2008 elections and the extent to which changes could be attributed to the programs. Illustrations.

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