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Consensus for Public Financing of Campaigns
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Consensus for Public Financing of Campaigns

In order to insure the public's right to know, combat corruption and undue influence, and to make it possible for candidates to compete more equitably for public office, the League of Women Voters of Hawaii believes that a campaign spending law must include features that require:

  1. Full and timely disclosure of all campaign contributions and expenditures.

  2. Limitations on contributions and expenditures.

  3. Candidate to have one central committee to control and report all financial transactions.

  4. Establishment of an independent body to monitor and enforce campaign finance laws with strong penalties for violations.

  5. Indirect public funding of campaigns, such as television or radio time, campaign brochures, or other services which would be supplied at public expense for eligible candidates.

  6. Broadening the base of campaign financing to a workable level through tax credits/deductions, income tax checkoff, and government appropriations.

In addition, the expenditure of public funds for candidates should be administered in the following manner:

  1. Public funding should be made available for candidates, not political parties, for all elective offices in both the primary and general elections.

  2. Services from public funding must be sufficient to encourage candidates but not so much as to unduly burden taxpayers.

  3. To qualify, candidates must show tangible support of a constituency by either signatures and/or seed money.

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