Since 2018, 51 federal candidates have used Campaign Funds for Childcare. Republican spending
has increased over time, from just 10% of all funds in 2018 to 30% in 2020, demonstrating
growing bipartisan support for this issue. At the state and local level, at least 40 Democrats, 20 Republicans, and 6 nonpartisan or other party candidates have used Campaign Funds for Childcare. Sixty-five percent of the total funds were spent by Democrats and 32% was spent by Republican candidates.
Of the 11 states that have passed legislation, 6 have had both Democratic and Republican cosponsors. Republican prime sponsors championed the bills in Utah and Minnesota. Democrats were prime sponsors in Colorado, California, New York, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Vermont, West Virginia, and Montana. Legislation in Arkansas had both a Democratic and a Republican prime sponsor. When Minnesota passed its law in May 1993, the Executive Branch and both legislative chambers were led by Republican supermajorities, and the policy advanced under a campaign modernization and good governance bill.
Twenty-six years later, Utah became the second state to pass legislation explicitly allowing the
use of Campaign Funds for Childcare. Like Minnesota, the Executive Branch and both chambers
were led by Republican majorities, and the policy received significant bipartisan support.
Republican State House Prime Sponsor Craig Hall and Democratic State House Co-Sponsor
Stephanie Pritcher introduced nearly identical proposals and testified to the House Committee
that they were jointly pushing forward with the version sponsored by Hall. The bill passed
with an overwhelming majority.