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Drafting Error Threatens Clean Elections

You won't believe it.

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:

  • This would be the first time in the 18-year history of Clean Elections when the state has not kept its side of the bargain of providing the funding for which candidates have qualified.
  • Less than three years ago, voters reaffirmed their strong support for Clean Elections and approved the supplemental funding disbursements that are now threatened by this action.
  • The legislature has appropriated the money. This is not more money; it's the same old money.
  • There are over 200 candidates from all the caucuses now depending on Clean Elections. They are backed by tens of thousands of voters who gave qualifying contributions. Curtailing their funding is simply unfair.

Bill Threatening the Citizen Initiative Process is Dead

LD 1726 An Act to Amend the Laws Governing Elections was an otherwise innocuous housekeeping measure from the Office of the Secretary of State that contained one remarkable provision that would certainly have had the effect of making it harder for citizen initiatives to qualify for the ballot. It would also have had the perverse effect of ensuring that the only measures that could succeed would be those that are well-financed from the beginning, increasing the role of big, out-of-state money in the process.

Here's our testimony from the public hearing. As of April 5, 2018, this bill died in non-concurrence.

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April 2018

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