The Benefits of Public Financing in NY State

March 29, 2012

The Brennan Center for Justice


“The Benefits of Public Financing in New York State”

Thursday, March 29, 2012
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
161 Avenue of the Americas, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10013

Join the Brennan Center to kick off a panel series examining the future of public financing for political campaigns. At this first event, leaders from New York’s legal, business, academic, and civil rights communities will explore the “Benefits of Public Financing in New York State.” Participants will also provide an update on the current campaign to enact campaign finance reform for all elections during the 2012 legislative session in Albany.

Panelists include:

  • Michael Malbin, Executive Director of the Campaign Finance Institute and political science professor at SUNY-Albany, who will speak about New YorkCity’s successful public financing program and the potential benefits for New York State.
  • Michael J. Petro, Executive Vice President of the non-profit, non-partisan, business-led public policy organization, Committee for Economic Development, will also speak on how public financing will benefit our economy by improving public policy and discouraging wasteful rent-seeking by businesses.
  • Dr. Hazel N. Dukes, President of the NAACP New York State Conference and member of the NAACP National Board of Directors, will discuss the ways in which public campaign financing can support a broader civil rights agenda.
  • Zephyr Teachout, associate professor at Fordham University School of Law, will discuss the connections between political spending and political corruption and how public financing can help address this problem.