Support for Clean Elections, or full public financing of elections, has broad support across political parties and other demographics. On Saturday, Tim Urban had an op-ed published in the Des Moines Business Record showing support is also strong among those investing financially in the political process--campaign donors. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI) recently surveyed the state's campaign donors on their positions on Clean Elections and campaign finance reform.
From the op-ed:
When asked, "Many people believe there is too much money in the political process. Do you agree or disagree?" nearly nine out of 10 (88 percent) said they agreed, including 89 percent of Democrats, 88 percent of Republicans and 82 percent of independents.
They were asked: "Some states have passed laws that provide a limited amount of public financing to qualified candidates who agree to take no or little private money and who agree to limit their campaign spending. Do you favor or oppose Iowa passing a campaign finance reform law like this?" Seventy-three percent favored public financing as a way to reduce the role that money is playing in our political process, including 75 percent of Democrats, 70 percent of Republicans and 74 percent of independents surveyed.
Donors are tired of the constant requests for campaign cash. Candidates for office should be out knocking on doors and kissing babies, not dialing for dollars. Click here to read more about the donor polling conducted by Iowa CCI.