Did You Know? Public Funding Laws Enabled Corruption
Governments with public funding laws saw rampant misuse of taxpayer dollars and illegal schemes to obtain funds
Sioux Falls, S.D. – Defeat22.com, a coalition of South Dakota charities, businesses, and policy organizations opposed to Initiated Measure 22, drew attention today to research showing how candidates in Arizona, Maine, and New York City misused the state’s public funding law. Public records show how candidates used taxpayer funds for parties and to pay their campaigns, and filed false information to obtain the free taxpayer money.
“It’s no surprise that giving away taxpayer money to political candidates enables the lowest types to take advantage of the system and enrich themselves at the expense of the public,” explained Ben Lee, Chairman and spokesman for Defeat22.com. “Measure 22 would set up a public funding law, pouring taxpayer money into political campaigns and enabling corrupt candidates to take advantage of taxpayers. Fixing political corruption is an important issue, but it won’t be solved by dumping tax dollars into the system.”
Last week Defeat22.com announced the initial coalition partners. Earlier this month they announced a new radio ad, mailer, and grassroots door knocking effort. The coalition plans to continue heavy grassroots advocacy and paid media over the next four months.