Democracy North Carolina and clean, "voter-owned" judicial elections
Our analysis of the program’s first three election cycles (2004-2008) shows that 78% of the candidates for the NC Supreme Court and Court of Appeals qualified for grants from the Public Campaign Fund. It’s being used by Democrats and Republicans, incumbents and challengers, blacks and whites, men and women.
In fact, a majority of our state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals members are now Voter-Owned participants, meaning they received most of their campaign money from thousands of small donors and the public instead of from the lawyers who argue cases before their courts. As another report demonstrates, the percent of funds in appellate races supplied by attorneys and special-interest groups has plummeted from 73% of the donations in the election before the program began to 14% after it started.
Shouldn't all elections be like this?