Dozens of leaders gathered in New York today to discuss the importance of public financing for women — the same day a bipartisan group of 160 prominent women urged Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders to pass reform this year.
Some commentators blamed Arizona's public financing law for a spate of extreme bills. But numerous studies show small donors are not more polarizing than others. In fact, the biggest donors have helped fuel partisan brinksmanship.
We can now add the venerable New York City Bar, a 24,000-member organization, to the long list of individuals and groups calling on Albany to enact the one reform that will really make a difference — a full public funding system for state elections.