by Michael J. Malbin The thirty-year-old system for funding presidential nomination contests that seemed to work well for 20 years is now failing. This year, both major parties’ nominees rejected public matching funds; the legal ceilings for campaign spending are simply too low and inflexible. In addition, the public funding formula has failed to empower average donors, and the Presidential Election Campaign Fund cannot make timely payments because not enough people check the box on their income tax forms to pay for the program. Those who believe the system is worth saving should start thinking about the alternatives, soon.

On February 16, the League sent the following letter to the House of Representatives urging them to cosponsor H.R. 4010, the DISCLOSE 2012 Act. The bill would restore transparency to U.S. elections by requiring complete disclosure of spending on big-money advertising in candidate elections.

The League joined with 10 other organziations to send the following letter to the House of Representatives supporting H.R. 4010, the DISCLOSE 2012 Act.

The League and coalition partners sent a letter to Lamar Smith, House Judiciary Chair and John Conyers, Ranking Minority Member endorsing HR 2572, the Clean Up Government Act of 2011. HR 2572 would restore important tools for federal prosecutors fighting public corruption.

The League of Women Voters and other concerned organizations oppose H.R. 3463, legislation that would repeal the presidential public financing system AND terminate the Election Assistance Commission.

League President, Elisabeth MacNamara, sent a letter to Senators urging them to oppose S. 194 and any other moves to eliminate the public financing system for presidential elections.

The League and coalition partners sent a letter to Senators urging them to oppose legislation to repeal presidential public financing and support modernization legislation instead.

League President, Elisabeth MacNamara, sent a letter to the House of Representatives urging them to oppose repeal of the presidential public financing system.

The League and coalition groups sent a letter to the House of Representatives urging them to oppose repeal of presidential public financing.  Repeal legislation would eliminate a system which has given average citizens and small donors a critically important role to play in funding our presidential campaigns.

Below is a list of letters to the editor published in newspapers across the country on the DISCLOSE Act, leading up to the election in November of 2010.  The list is alphabetical by state and then League.  For those newspapers that require a subscription a link was not included.

Arizona
Sun City West Independent - LWV Northwest Mircopa County

Delaware
Wilmington News Journal and Delware State News - LWV Delaware

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