The proliferation of corporate and private money in elections is prompting Senate Democrats to take another run at establishing a voluntary system to finance Iowa campaigns with public dollars.
A Senate subcommittee began work Tuesday on a voluntary campaign finance system modeled after Maine’s approach that would allow candidates to receive public funds if they agree not to accept private contributions – a move backers hope will slow the “tidal wave” of private money flowing into election races at all levels.
“In Iowa, from dog catcher to president, it has been astonishing to see the amount of money that has been available for even down-ballot races,” said Sen. Jeff Danielson, D-Waterloo, a member of a Senate subcommittee that discussed Senate Study Bill 1072 – dubbed the Voter-Owned Iowa Clean Elections or VOICE Act – but took no action.
Iowa currently is one of 13 states with no political contribution limits, and the state has no public financing component for its elections.
Do you think Iowa political campaigns should be publicly funded?