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When the legislature passed the biennial budget at the 11th hour last summer, there was a drafting error that could stop funding for Clean Elections.
The mistake - and everyone agrees it was a mistake - was discovered just last month, and a correction was added to LD 1894, the normally uncontroversial bill that sweeps up assorted drafting errors. However, when it came up for a vote in the House, LD 1894, failed to get the 2/3 vote needed for emergency legislation.
Unless this mistake is corrected, the Ethics Commission won't be able to dispense money from the Clean Elections Fund to the candidates who've qualified for it.
We need this bill to pass.
Candidates and voters from all parties have been relying on the Clean Elections program. The funding being held up was part of a bipartisan budget deal hammered out last year. There is no legitimate reason for House Republicans to renege on that deal now.
We need to act quickly to correct this problem, and we know that even a few constituent phone calls can make a difference.
Find contact information here for your representatives. and urge them to immediately pass legislation that will release Clean Elections funds.
Here are a few key points to keep in mind when talking to your representatives:
Here's our testimony from the public hearing. As of April 5, 2018, this bill died in non-concurrence.