Alibi V.16 No.36 • Sept 6-12, 2007 

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Cleaning House

How Albuquerque's new “clean elections” system works

Two years ago, amid growing concerns over the influence of special interest money in elections, Albuquerque voters passed a ballot initiative creating a mechanism to publicly financed municipal campaigns. The initiative passed overwhelmingly with 69 percent of the vote.

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Rex Barron

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Your Tax Dollars at (Political) War

Albuquerque now one of few in the nation that pays candidates to run campaigns. Will it work?

In a climate of growing distrust for government on both federal and local levels, as campaign war chests swell every year, citizens know representatives have to get their coinage from somewhere. It's when those gold coins translate to political currency that things get sticky. The question many are asking or, more depressing, may have stopped asking: Who can run for office anymore? Only an elite few? And if they get elected, whose change is jingling in their pockets?

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