Shadow party” groups, outside spenders with close ties to the Senate leadership of each party, including Sens. Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, have already spent $47 million in 2016’s closest U.S. Senate races.
Elections that were once citizen-driven are now flooded with unprecedented millions from secret sources. Compared to the federal level, these funders are subject to less scrutiny and have far more ability to shape results.
The growing role of mega-donors in elections has reached a tipping point, marginalizing those who are not wealthy or don't have access to wealthy donors. Public financing programs can help create a more participatory democracy.
Today, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a counsel’s opinion urging the State Legislature to take aggressive action to strengthen protections against the collaboration and coordination between candidates and super PACs that has undermined campaign finance systems around the country.
The Brennan Center along with a pro-bono team filed an amicus brief in Republican Party of Louisiana v. Federal Election Commission, defending the constitutionality of provisions in 2002’s McCain-Feingold campaign finance law.
The state legislature never intended to create this loophole, which has allowed millions of secret dollars to enter New York elections. We intend to pursue all our options for correcting the Board of Elections error.