A representative democracy cannot exist unless elected representatives are "dependent upon the people alone." While privately-financed elections undermine democracy and corrupt the constitution, citizen-funded clean elections place power in the hands of the people as our founders intended. A comprehensive system of citizen-funded elections would give eligible voters the ability to run for office or support serious candidates, regardless of their means, provided the candidates run clean campaigns without large donations and outside spending.
Civic Dollars: Every eligible voter would receive $100 "Civic Dollars” (four certificates worth $25 each) that they would be free to donate to candidates of their choice for state senate, executive council, and governor – provided those candidates reject large donations
No Large Donations: Candidates who receive Civic Dollars would contractually agree to not accept large private donations for the primary and general elections
No Outside Money: Participating candidates and their committees would agree to not accept donations from individuals residing outside New Hampshire and would request that so-called “independent groups” not spend money on their behalf; only citizens eligible to vote for the candidate would be allowed to contribute to his/her campaign
No Corporate Contributions: A companion bill would prevent non-persons like corporations, unions, and other special interests from funding political campaigns
Full Transparency: Candidates and political committee campaigning in New Hampshire would be required to regularly and publicly disclose their donors online