Clean Money is a voluntary system of full public funding of election campaigns designed to control the costs of campaigns, restore trust in government and business, and ensure fair elections. It is based on the very successful systems working today in Arizona and Maine.

Clean Money Combats the Appearance of Corruption, Restoring Trust in Government and Business

Our current campaign finance system makes the public believe that government policies are open to the highest bidder. This widespread perception has corroded public confidence in government as well as business. A voluntary system of full public funding of election campaigns would end that perception by providing a fair and proven alternative to the way election campaigns are financed.

Clean Money Controls the Escalating Costs of Campaigns

…I think the public has reached a new covenant with its elected officials…The question shouldn’t be how can you afford to do this, but how you can afford not to."

– Marc Spitzer (R-AZ), Chairman of Arizona's Corporation Commission

The business community wishes to compete in the marketplace, not in a political contributions arms race.

78% of business executives agree that the current campaign finance system is out of control and that they are pressured to increase campaign contributions*. A majority of business executives fear they will suffer adverse consequences if they turn down requests for campaign contributions from high-ranking political leaders.

Candidates who use Clean Money aren't allowed to spend any private contributions for their campaigns at all, freeing business leaders from the arms race for campaign cash.

Good for Business, Good for Workers, Good for Everybody

In Arizona
• 10 out of 11 statewide officeholders ran “Clean”.
• 28 Republicans and 18 Democrats elected Clean
• No systemic budget deficits.

In Maine
• 78% of legislature ran “Clean”.
• 56 Republicans and 85 Democrats elected Clean
• No systemic budget deficits.

Labor unions give millions to candidates, far more than any individual corporation in California. It's difficult for individual businesses to compete with the access those contributions provide, especially when they also have to compete with the contributions their business competitors make.

Workers can't afford the spiraling costs of contributions, either. The fact that their unions take so much from them for campaign contributions hurts their pocketbooks and increases their salary demands to make up for it.

The only winners in the current system are entrenched incumbents, lobbyists, and campaign consultants. Business, workers, and the public would all win with the change to Clean Money.

Clean Money Increases Free Speech

Our current campaign finance system makes the public believe that government policies are open to the highest bidder. This widespread perception has corroded public confidence in government as well as business. A voluntary system of full public funding of election campaigns would end that perception by providing a fair and proven alternative to the way election campaigns are financed.

Clean Money Provides Inexpensive Budget Insurance

California has a systemic budget deficit of billions of dollars that is arguably due in no small part to giveaways to large campaign contributors. At a cost of only about 1/10 of 1% of California's overall budget, Clean Money would ensure that public and tax policy is not influenced by large contributors. That's cheap budget insurance. It's a reasonable amount to pay to end the undue influence of money on politics and restore voters' faith in their government.

*Information provided by Clean Elections Institute, Inc.