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Sunday, April 13th, 2008

MobLogic: Money Talks, Louder Than Votes

MobLogic comes to us from CBS Interactive. On April 7th host Lindsay Campbell tackled the issue of campaign cash, as we have before, using stats provided by our friends at the Center for Responsive Politics. They also use some footage from a PSA released by our partner Declare Yourself.

On their blog, MobLogic wonders what the candidates feel about Clean Elections, something Senator John McCain answered when we met in Manchester, New Hampshire. At Common Cause’s Common Blog, Josh Zaharoff reviews Lindsay’s vlog:

They keep it light hearted, but it’s excellent to see coverage of the money — not just how much, but where it comes from, and whether that’s good for democracy or not. That’s not a rhetorical question. More small donors getting involved is a great development, but it’s not clear how permanent and widespread the trend is.

We often point out that despite the fact that spending on United States elections is far beyond what any other country spends, we rank 139th of 172 countries in voter turnout.

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Today’s Crystal Ball(ots): Rising Turnout Leads into Uncharted Waters

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – I hopped off the campaign trail last week. I thought I needed some space, but I soon found myself yearning for the ebb-and-flow of election energy. Drama among the Democrats, rifts in the Republican base, increasing turnout, and polling percentages… for a political junkie it is all too addicting. Today’s candidate contests are being held in Wisconsin, Hawaii (for the Dems), and Washington (again). (more…)

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

Dolores Huerta: Voting System Needs Change

On Super Tuesday, civil rights leader Dolores Huerta called for change in our voting system. In 1962, with César Chávez, she co-founded the group that became the United Farm Workers. Huerta is today one of the most recognized labor leaders in the United States. (more…)

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

Clean Elections in Newsweek

Just $6

This week’s edition of Newsweek will feature Anna Quindlen’s article about public financing in Arizona’s elections. Although clean elections may not be the final answer, Quindlen reports, offering a voluntary system of public funding “does much of what it is supposed to do: gives ordinary people a sense of ownership, eliminates the automatic advantages of incumbency and opens the door to a broader field.”

John Rauh, founder of Americans for Campaign Reform and friend of Why Tuesday?, agrees that offering an alternative to privately funded campaigns is of ultimate importance. Candidates who choose public funding need to feel that they can compete, after all, Rauh says, “You cannot buy an election. You can only lose it if you don’t have enough to make an impact.”

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Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

What are Clean Elections?

Billions will be spent in next year’s presidential election, but in seven states and two cities, local candidates will have the option of participating in a Clean Elections public financing system. Last month we were in NYC, at a Drum Major Institute event about taking big money out of politics. (more…)

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Candidate Challenge: Joe Biden

Last week we challenged all presidential candidates to send us a video with their plans for election reform… but waiting around for responses is boring. I ran into U.S. Senator Joe Biden at a coffee shop in Washington, D.C. and brought the Why Tuesday? Candidate Challenge to him. Who’s next? (more…)

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