Jimmy Carter Urges Return Of Taxpayer-Funded Elections

He also criticized the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

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Ally Mutnick
June 16, 2016, 9:48 a.m.

“Former pres­id­ent Jimmy Carter, who won elec­tion in 1976 largely be­cause of pub­lic fin­an­cing, says it is time to move back to a sys­tem in which cam­paigns rely on tax­pay­er money to pay for gen­er­al elec­tions.”

Carter, who made his re­marks to former Pres­id­ent Bill Clin­ton in At­lanta, “first cri­ti­cized the Su­preme Court’s ‘stu­pid Cit­izens United de­cision,’ which opened the floodgates for un­lim­ited con­tri­bu­tions in the pres­id­en­tial race. [But] he said, ‘an­oth­er thing we could do is go back to pres­id­en­tial cam­paigns just us­ing pub­lic funds for the gen­er­al elec­tion,’ like the sys­tem that al­lowed him to ef­fect­ively com­pete against in­cum­bent Re­pub­lic­an Pres­id­ent Ger­ald R. Ford.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)


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