"A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world." -- Mohammed


"After a few months of doing it, I was realizing how it was wonderfully shifting my focus more completely back to my constituency. "

Former State Sen. Susan Longley, (D, Maine). Ran and elected "Clean" in 2000.

"[Public financing is] the difference between being able to go out and spend your time talking with voters, meeting with groups, ... traveling to communities that have been underrepresented in the past, as opposed to being on the phone selling tickets to a $250 a plate fundraiser...."

Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano (D)

"It was refreshing not to have to raise money, or in some cases spend my own.... I feel a certain independence from certain special interest groups. It was nice to be able to say, 'Thanks for the thought, but I'm running clean."

Three-term Maine State Senator Peter Mills (R)

"Now the only interests I'm tied to are my constituents. And they feel a lot more connected to me. My constituent calls have tripled."

Arizona State Representative Leah Landrum Taylor (D)

"I don't owe anyone after the race.... I don't owe them any favors and I think that's instrumental. "

Arizona State Representative Robert Meza (D)

"With the Clean Elections, it seemed less daunting a task to run. I could do what I can do, which is talk to people, as opposed to raising money, which in my life, I didn't have any experience in."

Maine State Representative Deborah Simpson (D), Single mother juggling night school and a waitressing job before winning public office.

"We are happy to say that public funding has given us the freedom to spend more time with our constituents discussing important issues. We are no longer stuck in the "dialing for dollars" game, in which we would need to spend long hours on the phone asking special interest donors and lobbyists to contribute to our campaigns."

Jim Annis (R) third term in the Maine Legislature and
John Brautigam (D) first term in the Maine Legislature

"It's a tough job to run and get contributions for, because the only people interested are utilities, and you don't want to take contributions from them. In the old days, there'd be endless debate about who was raising money for who. Now, candidates are talking about issues."

Marc Spitzer (R), chairman of the Arizona Corporations Commission, which now has Clean Money financing


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