Clean Elections: Take Two

After New Jersey's first attempt to drive special-interest money out of legislative elections failed in 2005, the state is at it again. The 2007 New Jersey Fair...
by | April 22, 2007

After New Jersey's first attempt to drive special-interest money out of legislative elections failed in 2005, the state is at it again. The 2007 New Jersey Fair and Clean Elections Pilot Project is officially underway, with three legislative districts selected: one Democratic, one Republican and one competitive. In round two, Senate and House candidates who want to be certified as "clean elections" candidates and get public campaign funding must collect 800 donations of no more than $10 each from registered voters. They must also collect $10,000 of "seed money" in contributions no larger than $500. Under the revised program, that seed money can come from traditional sources. In 2005, only one candidate reached the qualifying thresholds. More than $6 million has been allocated for the program. To learn more and follow its progress, click here.