Clean Elections Bomb

The Clean Elections Law turned out to be a bomb, with only two of the eight possible major party candidates raising enough small campaign contributions to qualify for public financing. Under a test program, each party chose one legislative district for the 2005 election: Democrats picked the sixth district, where their candidates, Louis Greenwald and Pamela Rosen Lampitt, qualified by raising $5,000 in $5 checks and $15,000 in $30 checks. Their GOP opponents, Marc Fleischner and Joann Gurenlian, were unable to due so — even though Greenwald and Lampitt made a good faith effort to help them. The Republicans chose the 13th district, but their candidates, Sam Thompson and Amy Handlin — as well as Democrats Bill Flynn and Mike Dasaro — were unable to qualify.

Clean Elections Bomb