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December 5, 2012
New York – Today, the co-chairs of New York Leadership for Accountable Government (NY LEAD), a bipartisan group of 90-plus New York business, civic, and philanthropic leaders, sent a letter to Governor Cuomo urging him to make a citizens-funded campaign finance system a priority for New York in the coming legislative session.
The letter asks Governor Cuomo to end the cycle of corruption brought on by big money in politics and instead support a campaign finance system that matches funds for small donations and encourages voluntary contribution limits.
“A Fair Elections campaign finance system would encourage voter participation, incentivize diversity among candidates and help curb the corrupting power of big money,” the co-chairs said. ”A Fair Elections system will put democracy squarely back in the hands of voters."
According to a recent Zogby Analytics poll, more than 80 percent of the 300 New York business leaders polled support the creation of a voluntary public campaign financing system in New York, one that limits the size of political contributions and encourages candidates to fund campaigns through small dollar donations.
For a copy of the letter, please click here.