Voter-Owned Iowa Clean Elections is a voluntary system
for state elections where candidates can choose to run using public
funding instead of constantly fundraising and accepting monies
from power groups hoping to wield their influence. It provides
qualifying candidates - those who collect a set amount of signatures
and $5 donations from within their district - with a set amount
of money from a public source if they promise to refuse money
from all other sources.
Why it's better.
People in politics will tell you that they
spend too much time seeking funds when they'd rather be getting
things done. Democrat, Republican, or Independent, the current
election funding system and escalating campaign budgets trap candidates
in a need to constantly fundraise. VOICE would eliminate the need
to fundraise and let elected officials focus more on the job at
Less about the money.
It's no surprise that most people feel
that money has too much of an influence in current politics. VOICE
opens up the door to reduce that influence and restores a needed
balance to our political system.
It's already working in other states.
Arizona, Connecticut and Maine are three
states where voter-owned clean elections have been in place and
working for several years. The success of the system has been
touted by candidates and voters across the political spectrum.
The Voter-Owned System:
- Is voluntary.
- Is nonpartisan.
- Provides an alternative to the current
system’s reliance on special interest money and wealthy
- Offers candidates who choose to run
“voter-owned” a limited but competitive amount of
- Frees candidates from the money chase
so that they can spend time discussing the issues with constituents
and developing relationships with voters.
For more information, contact
Adam at 515/255-0800 or visit:
Why does Iowa need Voter-Owned
Iowa Clean Elections?
- To restore the principle of “one
person, one vote” to elections.
- To reduce the influence of special interest
money and wealthy contributors on candidates, elections, and lawmaking.
- To free candidates from the money chase
so they can concentrate on issues and spend time with constituents.
- To give qualified people an equal opportunity
to run for office - returning our democracy to the hands of a
- To reduce the escalating cost of running
- To restore public confidence in our
government and elections.
- To restore meaning to voting and political
here to see how Voter-Owned Iowa Clean Elections work in other states