One of our so-called local papers ("so-called" because it's really a Knight-Ridder paper) reports that most New Jersey voters were unaware of New Jersey's "clean elections" campaign.
Now I've already suggested why the effort failed in Camden and Monmouth Counties: the requirements for candidates to qualify for matching funds are too high (the New Jersey program requires about 1,500 contributions where the Arizona program requires 200). Read the full analysis here. Done reading? Good. Now let's add another reason clean elections campaigns fail: the media hardly covers them -- it's not sexy enough, I guess -- except to report that "voters don't know anything about them," as if they, the media, have absolutely no power to tell the voters about them. How offensive, that our sick and decadent culture continues to reward such abject hypocrisy.
Assemblyman Joe Roberts (no, I voted against him) planned to testify this week that the state should fund an education program to tell people about the Clean Elections campaign. How many times must I tell these pimps! The state doesn't need to fund an education program to tell people about the Clean Elections campaign. The state needs to study the successful Maine and Arizona programs and imitate them. That's all the state needs to do. The state certainly doesn't need to furnish Republicans with more ammunition against Democratic "fiscal irresponsibility," so they can lie their way into power and be even more fiscally irresponsible.
And if the media feels like covering it, well, good for them. If they don't, I don't want to hear them whining about their dropping profit margins.
(Registration required for Philadelphia Inquirer article referenced above -- I think! I was able to access it this morning wihtout registering, which is unusual.)