At CleanSlateNow.org, we believe that our elected officials should put their constituents first, not their campaign contributors. Unfortunately, our political system has been undermined in a profound way by the significant role played by special interest groups in financing campaigns. We need a new form of campaign finance reform that incentivizes small contributions from many Americans, rather than large contributions from a relatively few special interest groups.
Across America, most people now feel that their elected officials are primarily interested in serving the special interest groups who help fund their campaigns, while few feel that politicians put their constituents first.(1) Trust in government has plummeted,(2) and Congressional approval ratings are at historic lows.(3)
CleanSlateNow.org hopes to change this dynamic by educating voters, candidates, and special interest groups themselves about ways to ensure our political process focuses more on people, not money.
Clean Slate Now in the News
"Money & Politics: Denver's Municipal Elections" - Interview on KGNU 88.5 FM / 1390 AM, April 27, 2015
"Battle for Clean Elections Moves Forward" - Public News Service, March 9, 2015
"Five years past Citizens United ruling, critics accept new campaign finance realities" - Colorado Statesman, January 23, 2015
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PACs, Super PACs, and Dark Money: these are three of the primary tools used by self-interested individuals and groups to buy access, influence, and ultimately results in our political process.
Do you know what these terms mean? Most people do not, but understanding them is key to understanding how to fix the corruption in our political process. Below is our summary and a graphic we created to illustrate the key parts of this information.
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After countless volunteer and staff hours, Clean Slate Now has finally been able to complete our initial analysis of special interest group contributions to the state legislators here in Colorado.
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Last year, we published our first look at how much Members of Congress rely on contributions from political action committees (PACs) to fund their campaigns. Now that the final campaign finance reports from Congress are available from the most recent election cycle, we can provide an update. These new data suggest some important lessons to be learned by groups working to reduce sources of campaign finance corruption.