public finance: Summary of Current Action
The League believes campaign finance reform, including public finance of campaigns for statewide office and campaigns for the New York State Assembly and Senate, are necessary to ensure the public’s right to know, combat corruption and undue influence, enable candidates to compete more equitably for public office, and allow maximum citizen participation in the political process.
Public financing systems are often characterized as full, partial, or hybrid public funding systems. With a full public funding system, the candidate generally raises a certain level of small donations and then receives a lump sum sufficient to run a campaign. The receipt of public funds usually serves as a prohibition against raising additional private funds. With a partial public funding system the candidate raises private contributions and receives a match for each contribution, up to a certain limit. The hybrid system combines grants and a match for small donations. While the League has generally supported partial public finance systems, such as that of New York City, as being the most efficient, all bills must be analyzed on a case by case to determine whether they will achieve the desired results of enabling candidates to compete more equitably for public office and increasing citizen participation in the political process.
public finance: Testimony
public finance: Recent Letters, Press Releases, Op Ed Pieces, and Press Coverage
public finance: league position
public finance: Non-League Written Materials
- Writing Reform
The Brennan Center, NYU School of Law, 2010 Revised Edition. This excellent report on developing campaign finance legislation contains a chapter on public finance of elections.
- Small Donor Matching Funds: The NYC Election Experience
The Brennan Center, NYU School of Law, 2010. This report details how the New York City matching system of campaign finance has invigorated grassroots participation in local elections.
- Electoral Competition and Low Contribution Limits,
The Brennan Center, NYU School of Law, 2009. This report shows how low campaign finance limits can increase competitiveness of elections.
- How Close is Fundraising in Contested Elections in States with Low Contribution Limits? Buchanan Center Political Economy, George Mason University, 2009
- The Effect of Public Financing on the Competitiveness of Elections
Buchanan Center Political Economy, George Mason University, 2009. A scholarly look at the extent to which public financing of elections increases competition.
- Do Low Contribution Limits Insulate Incumbents from Competition?
Buchanan Center Political Economy, George Mason University, 2009.
- Brennan Center's Analysis of Maine Senate Elections
The Brennan Center, NYU School of Law, 2009.
public finance: Archived materials
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