In the red states of Missouri and South Dakota, voters passed campaign finance initiatives with a bit more bite. Missouri’s Amendment 2 will place a hard limit on contributions for state and judicial candidates. In South Dakota, initiated Measure 22 passed, establishing a publicly funded campaign finance program and an ethics commission for the first time in that state. On the other hand, a second initiative in Washington, one with more teeth than the Citizens United measure, did not pass. Initiative 1464 would have enabled sales tax revenue to be allocated for “democracy credits” that residents could direct to candidates, an idea rooted in democratizing campaign contributions.
Percentage of Republicans in 2005 who said they would vote for Bush over George Washington: 62