special interests and big money have had a negative effect
on our local, state and national elections. Clean Elections
changes that. In 1998, Arizonans voted for the Clean Elections
Act and restored voter confidence in the electoral process.
Clean Elections works well to overcome the influence of
special interests. It gives Arizonans the power to create
McCain (R-AZ), June 2002
1998, Arizona voters narrowly approved the Citizens Clean Elections
Act despite opposition from entrenched special interests. It provides
an equal and limited amount of public funds to qualifying
candidates based on the costs of campaigning in Arizona for
each office, and covers all state legislators and statewide offices.
The Clean Elections Act
has been a resounding success with candidates and voters in Arizona.
Though delayed by a court fight, it proved its value in the 2000
election, when it helped lead to a 58 percent increase in the number
of candidates who ran for office. Almost a third of all legislative
candidates ran “clean”.
In the 2002, Arizona’s
Clean Elections system celebrated a clear victory, as the first
ever publicly financed governor was elected, in addition to 38 other
Some of the other positive
Clean candidates won 7 out of 9 statewide
offices: Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General,
Treasurer, 2 Corporation Commissioners, and Mine Inspector.
36% of Arizona’s legislature is
made up of members elected clean.
Voter turnout increased by more than
20% over 1998 in districts where clean candidates ran.
There was a 64% increase in candidates
running for statewide office over 1998.
The number of minority candidates tripled
Despite such successes
– or maybe because of them – opponents of Clean Money
continue to attack Arizona’s system in the courts. So far,
however, it has survived its major court tests, with the Arizona
Supreme Court ruling 5-0 that it and its funding sources were constitutional.
Meanwhile, the Arizona
public supports the Clean Elections Act more than ever, with overwhelming
66% support in a June 2002 poll.
Candidates qualify as
Clean Elections candidates and receive public funds based on the
costs of campaigning for their office by:
(1) Collecting a set
number of $5 qualifying contributions from voters in their districts.
The exact number of qualifying contributions required are:
|Secretary of State, Attorney General:
|Treasurer, Sup. Of Instruction, Corporation Commission
any further campaign contributions.
Matching funds are granted
if a clean candidate is outspent by a privately funded opponent,
up to double the original grant.
Clean Elections Institute of Arizona summary of impact on 2002
Clean Elections Institute of Arizona detailed report on 2002
Clean Elections Institute
Clean Elections Act (Full text of 1998 initiative)
Clean Money Act Qualifying Contribution and Expenditure Limits