Alaska Clean Elections, Measure 3 (August 2008)
Elections and Campaigns
|Not on ballot|
Candidates would have also had the option to remain privately funded.
|Alaska Clean Elections, Measure 3|
Results from Anchorage Daily News.
The initiative's primary sponsors were Timothy R. June, Victor Fischer, and Joseph McKinnon.
The initiative also received a letter of endorsement from Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux.
Representative Berta Gardner (D-Anchorage) co-sponsored the legislation. From her perspective as a legislator, she said, "“I would love very much to know that the only people I’m beholden to are the citizens of Alaska. [If the measure passes] you have to get a minimum threshold of support; it forces candidates to go out and talk to the people who would vote for them.”
Sponsors needed a total of nearly 24,000 signatures from qualified voters in at least 30 of the state's 40 election districts in order to get it on the 2008 ballot.
Proponents of the Clean Elections Act have accused the sponsors of the Anti-Corruption Act of harassing signers. There have also been accusations of misleading electors that they are signing for the Clean Elections act when they are in fact signing for the Anti-Corruption Act or even offering money in exchange for signatures.
Bob Adney who is working for the Anti-Corruption Act has said that they are misinformed and the charges are based on false reports. Each petition circulator is trained for 2 hours and is given a dollar for each signature collected. Adney commented that he highly doubts any voter would sell their signature for a portion of that fee.
Here is the campaign disclosure report for the Clean Elections sponsors.
|Clifford Groh II||1/04/2008||$200|
- Affirm the principle of "one person, one vote" by reducing the disproportionate influence of large contributors on elections and enabling citizens of all backgrounds to participate equally in the democratic process;
- Strengthen public confidence in government and eliminate the perception of corruption caused by private financing of election campaigns;
- Increase accountability of elected officials to the voters;
- Create genuine opportunities for qualified individuals to run for state office and encourage more competitive elections;
- Free elected officials from the incessant demands of fundraising, enable them to spend more time interacting with constituents and carry out official duties;
- Slow the escalating cost of elections;
- Assist voters and candidates to hear and be heard on a more level playing field, and provide for more open and robust debate on issues of public concern.
How Clean Elections would work
Clean Elections would work by offering modest sums to officials running for state campaigns. By taking this money, officials would be agreeing to run according to Clean Election spending standards. Part of the provisions of this money would allow an increased sum of money if the candidates competition chose to run a privately funded campaign.
In order to be applicable for Clean Election money there would have to be a petition with a number of valid signatures and $5 contributions to show significant ground support for an official.
It's been estimated that if every state official chose Clean Election money for the next campaign that it would cost voter's $6 million.
One blog, Roger That has come out in opposition of the Clean Elections Act saying,
"It’s expensive, complex, exposes the state to lawsuits, muddies the political process, and lowers the bar for political candidates who would otherwise be weeded out through lack of support because the public perceives they have little to contribute to the collective political dialog."
- Contribution limits undermine fundamental First Amendment rights;
- Contribution limits favor incumbents;
- Contribution limits favor wealthy candidates and parties;
- Contribution limits favor political insiders;
- Contribution limits take control of the campaign away from the candidates.
- Alaska 2008 ballot measures
- 2008 ballot measures
- Petition drive deadlines in 2008
- Alaska signature requirements
- Laws governing the initiative process in Alaska
- Campaign finance requirements for Alaska ballot measures
- List of Alaska ballot measures
- List of ballot measures by year
- List of ballot measures by state
- 'Clean elections' a bad idea
- A PowerPoint slide promoting the initiative
- An introduction to the bill from the AK Senate Bipartisan Working Group
- National Conference of State Legislatures Ballot Measures Database
- Clean Elections Initiative Could Become Law in 2008, Then Vanish in 2010
- 2008 Alaska Primary Voter Guide
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