PETERSBURG-AK Local proponents of public campaign financing have been campaigning in Petersburg, hoping to build support for the voter initiative which is on this month’s primary ballot.
If it passes, ballot proposition three would create a system of public funding for state candidates who gather enough signatures accompanied by five-dollar contributions. The concept is already in use in several states and it’s won bi-partisan support from some big names in Alaska politics. That includes former republican governor Wally Hickel and democratic governor tony Knowles as well as the last surviving signer to Alaska’s constitution, Vic fisher.
Known more commonly as the clean elections act, the program would be voluntary. Candidates who did not want to accept public funds could still choose to fundraise for themselves and run traditional campaigns.
Matt Lichtenstein spoke with local initiative supporters Polly lee and Brian Paust in Petersburg:
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