Investing in Democracy, Creating Public Financing of Elections in Your Community

Publication Date: January 2003

Publisher: Firelight Media; Public Campaign (Organization : U.S.); Center for Governmental Studies

Author(s): Paul S. Ryan; Tracy Westen

Research Area: Campaign Finance

Keywords: Public Financing

Type: Report


This handbook helps elected officials, government administrators, grassroots organizations and activists create or improve existing public financing systems for their own state and local elections. It describes the history of public financing in state and local governments, advantages and shortcomings of existing systems, a variety of funding mechanisms, potential legal issues and strategies for implementing reforms. An up-to-date list of over 160 national, regional and state support organizations is included in the Appendix.