VIP puts clean elections funding into the hands of voters
HB 2575 contains a provision that creates the Voter Involvement Program (VIP). Under this proposed program, every voter gets ‘credits’ worth $50 to participating legislative candidates, $300 to participating statewide candidates. Voters can give these credits to participating candidates who appear on their primary ballot and then those on their general election ballot. Participating candidates seek Votes and Clean Elections funding from within their district/Arizona, focusing on voters they will represent, not PACs or outside Big Money donors.
INCREASE LIMITS ON PRIVATE, POLITICAL PARTY AND PAC CONTRIBUTIONS (16-905)
- Legislative - $600 v $488
- Statewide - $2000 v $1010
- Super PAC - $8000 v $5010 statewide / add $4000 for Lege (16-905 A.6)
REMOVE AGGREGATE LIMITS PER PERSON (16-905.E REMOVED)
RAISE AGGREGATE LIMITS ON PACS, PARTIES
- Legislative - $25000 v $16,150
- Statewide - $150000 v $100110
- Parties - $25000 v $10020 Leg. and $150000 v $100110 State
ADD A PROVISION THAT CREATES THE VOTER INVOLVEMENT PROGRAM (16-952)
- Puts all Clean Elections funding for participating candidates into the hands of Voters.
- Voters are eligible to give participating candidates who appear on the voter’s ballot a Clean Elections “Civic Engagement Credit” (CEC) worth $300 for statewide candidates and $50 for legislative candidates by completing a form and giving it to the candidate who turns it into the CCEC for Clean Elections funding.
- The maximum number of CECs a voter can give equals the number of statewide and legislative offices to fill on the voter’s ballot. Only one CEC can be given to a participating candidate per voter.
- Voters have CECs for the primary and general election.
- Clean Elections funding is capped at the limit set by voters in the ‘98 Act (2X base grant).
- To maximize funding in the primary, gubernatorial candidates need to collect 5334 CECs while legislative candidate need 600. In the general, they need 8000 and 900 respectively.
- Voters deliver their CEC to candidates with a similar form as used to deliver $5 qualifying contributions.
- Proposed funding for participating legislative candidates:
- $15,000 Primary plus up to $30,000 in VIP supplemental funding
- $22,500 General plus up to $45,000 in VIP supplemental funding
- Proposed Funding for participating SoS/AG candidates:
- $200,000 Primary plus up to $400,000 in CEC supplemental funding
- $300,000 General plus up to $600,000 in CEC supplemental funding
- Proposed Funding for participating gubernatorial candidates:
- $800,000 Primary plus up to $1,600,000 in CEC supplemental funding
- $1,200,000 General plus up to $2,400,000 in CEC supplemental funding
EQUALIZE FUNDING FOR INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES (16-951.A.2 REMOVED)
ADD A PROVISION FOR EQUAL ACCESS TO VOTER FILE FOR INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES (16-952.D)
ADD FUND OFFICEHOLDER ACCOUNTS FOR STATEWIDE AND LEGISLATIVE OFFICIALS ($9800-LEGE)(41-133)
Read the entire proposed amendment here.
UPDATE 4/16/13: HB 2575 did not receive a hearing this session. Read the proposed amendment to HB2306, where a new "Voter Voucher Program" was proposed here.