Fair Elections Work

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Nearly 400 candidates from different backgrounds have been elected in eight states with Fair Elections like Measure H will help allow—

new people with new ideas from all walks of life, not the same old career politicians.  Because they never take campaign contributions, they can speak their mind and work for the people, not the special interests

Arizona Fair Elections Record Since 20001

- 52% of the Arizona legislature was elected with Fair Elections, up from 42% in 2006.
- 8 out of 11 statewide elected officials ran and won using Fair Elections.
- Governor Janet Napolitano(D) was elected in 2002 using Fair Elections running against a wealthy privately-funded opponent.  Current Governor Jan Brewer (R) was also elected with Fair Elections.
- From 1998 (before Fair Elections) to 2002 (after Fair Elections), voter turnout increased 22%.

Gov. Napolitano issued an executive order on her first day in office establishing prescription drug subsidies for seniors, saying, “If I had not run clean, I would surely have been paid visits by … pharmaceutical interests”.

Maine Fair Elections Record Since 20002

- After the November 2008 election, fairly-elections officials hold 85% of all seats in the Maine statehouse.
- All eight candidates in their 20s who won their seats in 2008 ran using Fair Elections.

In 2003, Maine passed a program that enables all but the wealthiest families in Maine to buy any drug on the Medicaid list for the Medicaid price.

North Carolina Fair Elections Record Since 20023

- 68% of North Carolina’s top judicial seats are held by fairly-elections officials, including five of the seven Supreme Court Justices.

North Carolina's Insurance Commissioner was elected with Fair Elections in 2008 and then did a study finding insurance companies were overcharging ratepayers. He then forced them to return $50 million to consumers, with interest, in addition to reversing a 9.4% rate increase and banning further increases until 2011.

Connecticut’s Citizens’ Election Program Broke the Record Since 20084

- Fairly-elected candidates now hold 81% of seats in the state legislature.
- 93% of women candidates ran with Fair Elections, including 41 of the 45 women incumbents.
- Seven incumbents fell to Fair Elections challengers (the only challengers who won their races)
- Four young Fair Elections candidates won their races, including the youngest Latino representative ever elected in CT who unseated a three-term incumbent, and Chris Contu, who beat a seven-term incumbent.
- 79% of Connecticut residents polled in January 2010 say they support their Fair Elections system.5

In 2009, with 81% of the legislature elected with Fair Elections, Connecticut expanded their bottle bill after decades of being stopped by lobbyists, generating more than $13 million in additional revenue for the state.

1 Information provided by Clean Elections Institute, Inc.
2 Information provided by Maine Citizens for Clean Elections
3 Information provided by Public Campaign
4 Information provided by Public Campaign
5 Zogby International poll commissioned by Common Cause in January 2010.