From private parking meters, to private jails, to the entrance fee for the private 9/11 Museum, to the cost of running for public office with private dollars, the private market is swamping public goods.
Who would oppose common sense reforms to our broken campaign finance system? The barriers to change are incumbent politicians who raise massive money under the current system and big donors themselves.
Albany’s elected officials have to be more accountable to the communities — that means us — they are elected to represent. If we want them to refocus on the needs of their district, we need to reduce big money’s power in our political system.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s decision to include funding for comprehensive campaign finance reform in his budget – including public financing of state elections – has drawn fire from special interests that thrive under the current system.
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.