New York Set a Shameful Example

Gov. David Paterson's unsurprising answer to the $55,900 question—whether or not to abide by his predecessor's self-imposed $10,000 campaign contribution limit—was met with mostly shrugs last week, with the notable exception of the editorial page of this paper.

May 6, 2008

Albany Times Union, May 6

Gov. David Paterson's unsurprising answer to the $55,900 question—whether or not to abide by his predecessor's self-imposed $10,000 campaign contribution limit—was met with mostly shrugs last week, with the notable exception of the editorial page of this paper. The governor, a candidate for election in 2010, has indicated that he will collect the maximum amount allowed under state campaign finance laws, nearly $56,000, a stunning amount.

Paterson will be playing by the rules that are currently on the books. But the real question is whether it is reasonable for the state of New York to allow contributions to candidates that are more than 12 times what any individual may donate to a federal candidate....

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