Elections are dominated by big donors who can afford to buy political access. Comprehensive campaign finance reform, including public financing, is needed to empower those average voters who are shut out under the current system.
In its publication, Money for Nothing, Unshackle Upstate rails against comprehensive campaign finance reform, including the public financing of elections. However, the paper's claims have already been refuted repeatedly.
At a discussion with business leaders and advocacy groups, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman unveiled new regulations to help end secret spending in New York State elections and called on the Senate to pass comprehensive campaign finance reform, including a small donor public financing system.
On the same day as the State Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference hearings on campaign finance reform, community leaders from across the state called on the Senate to go further by scheduling a vote to bring real change to Albany.
The Brennan Center, with a coalition of advocacy groups, today called for comprehensive campaign finance reform with public financing at its core. With the most recent elections scandal, there is an urgent need to empower everyday New Yorkers to take back their democracy.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined his support of public matching funds for New York State elections at a gathering of business leaders today. The discussion examined the benefits of a enacting a small donor matching system, similar to New York City’s successful program.