New York Public Financing
New York stands poised to be a national leader on campaign finance reform. Working with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other reform advocates, the Center is pushing a voluntary public funding system for campaigns and robust disclosure of political donors.
A small donor matching system for campaigns — modeled on New York City’s successful system — would allow candidates to raise money from ordinary citizens, rather than relying on a few wealthy donors. Plus, requiring timely electronic reporting of political and lobbying contributions would allow the public, media, and policymakers to see who is financing policy proposals and campaigns. Together, these reforms will boost accountability, curb corruption, and increase the voice of ordinary citizens in New York elections.