Our Documents

Here are white papers, position statements, talking points, and other material relevant to our goals.

Clean Elections

A brief history of Clean Election victories.

A North Carolina explanation of Voter-Owned Elections.

Judicial Elections

A table of states’ methods for selecting Justices to their highest courts is available in several forms:

A table of amounts raised in campaign contributions in the most recent election cycle for justices of the Texas Supreme Court is available as an Excel file and as a PDF file.

North Carolina’s system of citizen funding for judicial elections, including a comparison of sources of campaign contributions in North Carolina Supreme Court elections, before and after the establishment of the state’s Public Campaign Fund.

Strategies and Tactics

Three chapters from the Texas Freedom Network’s Leadership Development Institute:

Money in Politics

Raquel Alexander, Susan Scholz, and Stephen Mazza,  “Measuring Rates of Return for Lobbying Expenditures” published in 2009 in the Journal of Law and Politics. The key finding:

In this paper we use audited corporate tax disclosures relating to a tax holiday on repatriated earnings created by the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 to examine the return on lobbying. We find firms lobbying for this provision have a return in excess of $220 for every $1 spent on lobbying, or 22,000%.

Austin City Council Resolution: Money is not Speech

resolution to be presented for adoption by the Austin City Council in June was drawn up by Coffee Party Austin, Occupy Austin, and Austin Move to Amend. It calls for a Constitutional Amendment and/or other legislative actions to distinguish money from speech, from which it follows that the expenditure of money to influence the electoral or legislative process is not a form of constitutionally protected speech and is subject to regulation.

The resolution calls for regulations intended to remove undue influence on elected officials by curtailing the use of funds by artificial entities such as corporations to influence the electoral or legislative process.

The resolution requires that nothing in the proposed amendment shall be construed to abridge the freedom of the press.