In comments submitted to the New York State Board of Elections, the Brennan Center for Justice urged modifications to a rule relating to the disclosure of independent expenditures in New York State elections.
A recent op-ed claims small donor public financing will do nothing to cure Albany's corruption crisis. But comprehensive reform would empower average citizens and allow candidates to rely on small contributions, not big special interest money.
The Moreland Commission has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to address the corrupting nature of New York’s broken campaign finance system and the crisis of public trust it engenders. It must take bold action and push transformative polices.
When big money holds so much power over Albany, members of the public turn away in disgust, and democracy loses its lifeblood. Only comprehensive campaign finance reform, with public financing at its core, can restore public trust in government.
Wealthy interests have undue influence over Albany's policy choices, eroding public trust in government. Comprehensive campaign finance reform, with a small donor matching system like New York City's at its core, can help restore that trust.