Models of Public Financing (and How They Have Fared)

Prepared by Christine Bachrach, IndivisibleHoCoMD

April 14, 2019

At the National Level:

Eligible presidential candidates receive federal government funds to pay for the qualified expenses of their political campaigns; tax dollars are contributed through a check box on the tax return support.

For more information: https://www.fec.gov/introduction-campaign-finance/understanding-ways-support-federal-candidates/presidential-elections/public-funding-presidential-elections/

At the State and Local Levels:

Matching funds programs

Grant-based or Clean Elections programs

Voucher Programs

Rebates and tax credits

For more information:

https://www.everycrsreport.com/reports/RL34534.html#_Toc379367848

https://www.demos.org/research/public-funding-electoral-campaigns-how-27-states-counties-and-municipalities-empower-small -

http://www.governing.com/topics/politics/gov-public-finance-campaigns-elections.html

https://www.brennancenter.org/issues/public-financing