Sell Me On Publicly Financed Elections

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I admit I haven't done a lot of research on the topic, but if any of you out there support public financing of elections (aka "clean elections") -- convince me why. I understand the overall idea of getting "big money" out of politics but my kneejerk reaction is to say that I'd rather have corporate money as an influencer than have my tax dollars go to George W. Bush, for instance.