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VOICE Letters to the Editor in DM Register

Excerpts from March 30 letter by CCI member Patrick Bosold:

"I learned recently that the Voter-Owned Iowa Clean Elections law has gone to an Iowa House Appropriations subcommittee with instructions from House Democratic leadership (Speaker Pat Murphy and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy) to "kill" the bill. This way, the bill will not come to the House floor for a vote by all elected representatives...[This measure] needs to be brought to the floor for a vote by the full House and Senate."

Excerpts from March 27 letter by CCI member Jon Krieg:

"Clean elections level the playing field by giving well-qualified people a chance to run for office regardless of wealth or political connections. Grassroots candidates have a viable chance against seasoned incumbents and prolific fundraisers.

"Where clean elections have been implemented, more people from diverse backgrounds are running - and winning. In the 2006 elections, more than 200 clean-election candidates in three states - Arizona, Maine and North Carolina - were elected to serve in legislative, judicial and statewide offices.

Iowa should join this list, and Washington should follow suit."

You can write a letter to the editor, too!
Letters to the editor are the most read section of any newspaper. They are a great and affordable way to get the message out about Voter-Owned Elections. If you want help drafting a letter, contact Adam at adam@iowacci.org or call 515/255-0800.

Here are some talking points to help get your letter started:

* Voter-Owned Elections provides qualifying candidates - who agree to limit their spending and reject contributions from private sources - with a set amount of public funds to run for office.

* Voter-Owned Elections is not an attempt to patch up the current system. It is instead designed as an alternative way for candidates to finance their campaigns. It aims to end politicians' reliance on special interest money by offering in its place a limited but competitive amount of money from the fund.

* Iowa needs Voter-Owned Elections to help restore the principle of “one person, one vote” to elections, reduce the influence of special interest money on candidates, and restore public confidence in government and elections.

* Voter-Owned Elections is constitutional as long as the system is voluntary. Candidates do not have to choose Voter-Owned Elections. They can reject public funds and continue to finance their campaigns the “old fashioned” way, by raising private money.

* Poll after poll shows overwhelming support for Voter-Owned Elections! A poll conducted by The Mellman Group, Inc. of likely Iowa caucus participants in September of 1999 found that 72% of Democrats and 63% of Republicans favor a voluntary Voter-Owned Elections Law based on the successful initiates in Arizona and Maine.

Where to send your letter:

* Des Moines Register, 715 Locust Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309 or Email to: letters@dmreg.com
* Fort Dodge Messenger, 713 Central P.O. Box 659, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
* Cedar Rapids Gazette, 500 3rd Avenue SE PO Box 511, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
* The Daily Nonpareil, 535 West Broadway, Suite 300, Council Bluffs, IA 51503
* Telegraph Herald, PO Box 688, Dubuque, IA 52004-0688
* The Herald Register, 813 5th Avenue PO Box 360, Grinnell, IA 50112
* Times-Republican, PO Box 1300, Marshalltown, IA 50158-1300
* Sioux Center News, PO Box 238, Sioux City, IA 51101
* Waterloo Courier, PO Box 540, Waterloo, IA 50704-0540

 


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