"Voter-Owned Elections" (variously called "Clean Elections," "Clean Money," or "Fair Elections") is term used to describe a particular system of publicly funded campaign schemes. A variety of voter-owned election systems are used in a small number of states and local political jurisdictions in the United States.
In the 2010 election cycle Measure 26-108 is the current publicly funded campaign scheme put before Portland's voters. Judging from recently reported campaign contributions, business interests are the measure's primary opponents while community organizations and labor unions are its primary advocates.
Measure 26-108 was defeated in November 2010, bringing an end to Portland's voter-owned elections.
Measure 26-108: Advocates and Adversaries
- City Hall: Voter-owned elections campaign money keeps pouring in | Brad Schmidt, The Oregonian | Wednesday, October 20, 2010
- Bill Moyers Wants YOU to Vote Yes on Measure 26-108 | Andrea "the Intern" Vedder, Portland Mercury | Fri, Oct 29, 2010