2014 Candidate Survey

2014 NC Voters for Clean Elections Candidate Survey

2014 is proving to be another record year for political fundraising.  The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United is intensifying the campaign money chase.  Poll after poll shows that voters think special interest donors have way too much influence over public policy.  Citizens want real reform that works in the interest of average people.  Elected officials have an important opportunity to enact structural reforms that address the role of money in politics.

Candidates - please take the time to let us know your position on these important issues by filling out our 2014 Candidate SurveyYour responses will be communicated to all thirty-five of NC Voters for Clean Elections’ organizational members, including the NC League of Women Voters, NC NAACP, AARP of NC and NC Association of Educators. 

Please return the questionnaire via email to melissa@ncvce.org or send to NCVCE, P.O. Box 10402, Raleigh, NC 27605, no later than September 26th.

2014 Candidate Survey Responses

(All responses due by September 26, 2014)

HOUSE

3 - Whit Whitley

7 - Bobbie Richardson

9 - Uriah Ward

20 -  Betsy Jordan

40 - Margaret E. Broadwell

41 - Gale Adcock

44 - Rick Glazier

54 - Robert Reives II

57 - Pricey Harrison

65 - Elretha Perkins

113 - Norma Bossert

116 - Brian Turner

SENATE

15 - Tom Bradshaw

25 - Gene McLaurin

26 - William Osborne

30 - Eva Ingle

49 - Mark Crawford

49 - Terry Van Duyn

50 - Jane Hipps

 

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2014 NC Voters for Clean Elections Candidate Survey

 

Candidate Name:

Party Affiliation:

Office Sought:

District:

Campaign Address:

Campaign Phone:

Campaign Email:

Campaign Website:

Please indicate your position on the following issues by marking yes, no, or undecided.  If you need to explain your position, you may elaborate.  Responses should be returned by email to melissa@ncvce.org or postmarked by September 26th and mailed to PO Box 10402, Raleigh, NC 27605.

1.      Do you think the rising cost of campaigns in North Carolina pushes candidates to spend too much of their time fundraising?

_____ Yes  _____ No  _____ Undecided

Voter-Owned Elections

2.      Until 2013, North Carolina had a law allowing statewide judicial candidates and some Council of State candidates to qualify for public campaign funding or “Voter-Owned Elections” - if they refuse special interest funds, adhere to spending limits, and prove their grassroots support by obtaining a large number of small contributions from N.C. voters. 80% of candidates used this program in N.C. from 2004-2012. 

a.       Did you support this program?

_____ Yes  _____ No  _____ Undecided

b.      Will you vote to implement a new Judicial “Voter-Owned Elections” public campaign funding law? 

_____ Yes  _____ No  _____ Undecided

3.      Do you support reviving and expanding the public financing option for Council of State offices?

_____ Yes  _____ No  _____ Undecided

4.      Would you support the creation of a “Voter-Owned Elections” public financing option for state legislative races?

_____ Yes  _____ No  _____ Undecided

5.      Several cities, including Raleigh, Wilmington, and Greenville, have passed resolutions for state authority to explore local public campaign financing options.  If elected, would you support passage of a state law that would give North Carolina counties and cities the authority to create local “Voter-Owned Elections” or public financing programs for local candidates, as an alternative to the current privately financed campaign finance system?

_____ Yes  _____ No  _____ Undecided

Disclosure

6.      The U.S. Supreme Court ruling Citizens United v. FEC allows corporations and unions to create political groups to sponsor independent expenditures that directly support or oppose candidates.  Would you support new disclosure and reporting requirements for these groups that require:

a.       Increased disclosure of the income sources and the expenses of independent groups that spend money directly opposing or supporting the election of candidates?

_____ Yes  _____ No  _____ Undecided

b.      Public attribution of the independent group’s top five donors in each political advertisement the group sponsors?

_____ Yes  _____ No  _____ Undecided

Money in Politics

7.      Do you support or oppose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to reverse the Citizens United Supreme Court decision?

_____ Yes  _____ No  _____ Undecided

8.      If you have any other ideas for addressing money-in-politics problems please list them below.