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Keeping It Clean: Public Financing in American Politics

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Publication Date: January 2006

Publisher(s): Center for Governmental Studies (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Author(s): Steven M. Levin

Funder(s): Carnegie Corporation of New York

Funder(s): Carnegie Corporation of New York

Special Collection: CGS

Topic: Politics (Campaigns, lobbying, and pressure groups)

Keywords: Elections; Public Financing

Type: Report


Keeping It Clean is the first comprehensive effort to analyze and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of state and local public campaign financing systems in the United States. This report concludes that public campaign financing can resolve many of the campaign finance and electoral problems that currently plague the political process. Keeping It Clean details the positive effects of public campaign financing programs in numerous jurisdictions: more candidates, more competition, more voter participation and less influence-peddling.