Election Results from Arizona and Maine Show That Clean Money Is a Practical and Effective Way to Help Women Candidates

Arizona Clean Money Record1

Any time I have an opportunity to speak to a group of women, I encourage them to run for office, and tell them that it is possible using Clean Elections.

Arizona Representative Leah Landrum Taylor

  • 70% of primary election and 67% of general election women candidates ran clean in 2004.
  • Women made up 39% of all Clean Elections winners in the 2004 elections.
  • In 2002, Janet Napolitano, a Democrat, was elected as the first clean elections governor in the US; to qualify for public funding she had to get 4,000 $5 contributions and qualifying signatures from voters.
  • Woman candidates have increased significantly since enacting of Clean Money system.
  • Recent primary election trends indicate that women and Democrats who participated in Clean Elections were much more successful in winning their primary elections.
  • Minority candidates, including Latino and Native American candidates, tripled from 1998, the last year without Clean Money.
  • Voter turnout increased by 10% over 1998 levels
  • In a statewide poll, 2/3 of Arizonans support the Clean Money election financing system

Maine Clean Money Record2

    Women who because of financial constraints would never have dreamed of running for office have seized on Clean Election funding as a way to get their foot in the door.”

    - Maine Representative Marilyn Canavan

  • Women in 2000 were more likely to choose the Clean Election option:45% of female and 28% of male candidates chose Clean Elections. Women made up 28% of all candidates and 39% of Clean Election candidates.
  • Similarly, in 2002, while more men ran for office, more women were likely to use the Clean Money option: 34% of the women running in the primary used Clean Money vs. 29% of the men.
  • In the 2002 General Election, 70% of the women candidates used Clean Money, while 60% of the men ran Clean
  • 96% of legislators who ran Clean campaigns in 2002 were satisfied with the Clean Money system.


1Information provided by Clean Elections Institute, Inc.
2Information provided by Maine Citizens for Clean Elections