Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s decision to include funding for comprehensive campaign finance reform in his budget – including public financing of state elections – has drawn fire from special interests that thrive under the current system.
Dozens of leaders gathered in New York today to discuss the importance of public financing for women — the same day a bipartisan group of 160 prominent women urged Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders to pass reform this year.
Some commentators blamed Arizona's public financing law for a spate of extreme bills. But numerous studies show small donors are not more polarizing than others. In fact, the biggest donors have helped fuel partisan brinksmanship.
We can now add the venerable New York City Bar, a 24,000-member organization, to the long list of individuals and groups calling on Albany to enact the one reform that will really make a difference — a full public funding system for state elections.
Last night’s Moreland Commission hearing focused on two main topics: the New York State Board of Elections’ failure to effectively enforce state election law and the success of public campaign financing systems in New York City and Connecticut.
Some might call it chutzpah. State Sen. Mark Grisanti recently sent out mailers condemning sensible campaign finance reform. Grisanti boasted he will “protect your tax dollars” from being used “to fund political campaigns across the state.”
Earlier this week, the City Council unanimously passed an ordinance clearing the way for the public financing of council elections. This proposal is a major step toward ensuring everybody is able to participate in the democratic process.
The Senate's "independent" bloc may block the most promising reform of its generation — campaign finance reform with public financing at its core — one its own members have introduced. In effect, they may filibuster themselves.