growing number of past and present legislators getting caught up in the federal
government’s dragnet of political corruption in Alaska, the “Clean Election”
concept is gaining steam around the state.
Tim June is
the chairman of Alaskans for Clean Elections, the grassroots organization that
has an initiative on the primary election ballot in August, which would create
and fund public campaign financing. Jay Barrett has this report.
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that’s why we’re proposing it for Alaska.”)
studies have shown that a candidate who spends the most money wins election
90-percent of the time. Clean Elections would remove that advantage:
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really brings the best people to the front.”)
Elections provides public funding for candidates for state office if they
pledge not to take any outside contributions, and it is completely voluntary.
But if an opponent of a candidate participating in a Clean Election campaign
does accept outside money, the Clean Election candidate will be eligible for
increased funds, up to triple the baseline amount.
Clean Elections could prevent the undue influence on legislators from
unscrupulous corporations like Veco, which is at the heart of Alaska’s current
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to the tune of 600-thousand dollars.”)
Gabrielle LeDoux was the sponsor of a State House bill that would have
legislated the creation of Clean Elections, but it, and a companion bill in the
State Senate, both died in committees.
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and in debating the issues.”)
of an Outside-funded Libertarian-backed movement that is purporting to be the
Clean Elections initiative, but is actually the opposite. He says Alaskans for
Clean Elections have filed numerous complaints with the Alaska Public Office
Commission over the group’s practices.
Elections initiative is Ballot Measure 3 in the August 26th Primary