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Who Supports Clean Elections? Big Political Donors

October 1, 2008

Des Moines, IA - A recent survey of more than 1,500 political donors across the state revealed a surprising discovery. Judy Lonning with Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, the group conducting the survey, says three quarters of the people they talked to from both parties favored VOICE, "Voter Owned Iowa Clean Elections." VOICE would provide public financing of elections, and Lonning says that would mean a stronger voice for people -- not money -- in the electoral process.

"The system we have now is really a form of legalized bribery. We want to take that big special interest money out of the political system."

Lonning says the survey found 81 percent of the donors giving the most money to campaigns were also the most interested in the concept of voter-owned clean elections.

"Big donors to political candidates are really fed up with the money chase and are very supportive of clean elections or public campaign financing."

She says the survey results show that those with a financial stake in the outcome of state elections believe that the current system is broken. She's hoping that will help convince lawmakers during the upcoming session to support clean elections. Opponents of public financing of elections argue it would compel taxpayers to fund candidates they find objectionable.

More information on VOICE is available at www.voterownediowa.org.

Dick Layman/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - IA