Individual Donors in Connecticut’s Public Financing Program: A Look at the First Election under the New System

24 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2009 Last revised: 5 Oct 2009

Wesley Joe

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Michael J. Malbin

University at Albany (SUNY)

Clyde Wilcox

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Peter W. Brusoe

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Henrik M. Schatzinger

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

This paper takes a preliminary look at the effect of Connecticut’s new public financing system on individual donor - particularly small donor - participation in the state’s legislative election campaigns. We find that Connecticut’s first election under the new system saw an increase in citizens’ financial participation. The value of this gain is limited, however, by evidence that suggests that candidates usually relied on affluent individuals for the financial contributions needed to qualify for public campaign funds.

Suggested Citation

Joe, Wesley and Malbin, Michael J. and Wilcox, Clyde and Brusoe, Peter W. and Schatzinger, Henrik M., Individual Donors in Connecticut’s Public Financing Program: A Look at the First Election under the New System (2009). APSA 2009 Toronto Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1450957

Wesley Joe (Contact Author)

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Michael J. Malbin

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Albany, NY 12222
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Clyde Wilcox

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Peter W. Brusoe

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Henrik M. Schatzinger

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