Public Financing

The Brennan Center has a history of deep involvement with good government advocacy in our home state of New York. We play a leading role in a broad coalition calling for comprehensive reform of New York election laws, centered around public financing. 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. New York should also lower contribution limits and close the “LLC loophole” that allows special interests to set up business entities as a way of evading donation caps. 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.

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