Following Siena Poll, Good Government Groups Call for Action on Public Campaign Financing

March 24, 2014

Calling for the passage of a publicly-funded small donor matching system for state elections in this year's budget, Lawrence Norden of the Brennan Center for Justice and Susan Lerner of Common Cause/NY issued the following statement in response to today's Siena poll showing 71 percent of New Yorkers believe government corruption has stayed the same or gotten worse since 2010: 

"Today's poll confirms that an overwhelming majority of New Yorkers believe corruption in government continues to be pervasive, and they expect action to fix it. Fortunately, there is a ready-made solution: enacting public funding of state elections in this year’s budget. With the support of the Speaker and the Assembly majority, the Governor, two of the three Senate leaders, and two-thirds of New Yorkers, the time has come to pass a small donor matching program now. Fair Elections would clean up Albany’s culture of corruption by finally reducing the influence of big money in our political system. The time for excuses is over." 

Read more about the Brennan Center's work on New York public financing.

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