The growing role of mega-donors in elections has reached a tipping point, marginalizing those who are not wealthy or don't have access to wealthy donors. Public financing programs can help create a more participatory democracy.
Today, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a counsel’s opinion urging the State Legislature to take aggressive action to strengthen protections against the collaboration and coordination between candidates and super PACs that has undermined campaign finance systems around the country.
The Brennan Center along with a pro-bono team filed an amicus brief in Republican Party of Louisiana v. Federal Election Commission, defending the constitutionality of provisions in 2002’s McCain-Feingold campaign finance law.
The state legislature never intended to create this loophole, which has allowed millions of secret dollars to enter New York elections. We intend to pursue all our options for correcting the Board of Elections error.
The 2016 race is increasingly being run through "shadow campaigns," outside groups with reported ties to the candidates they support. This activity is more brazen than ever and big donors are rewarding those groups that have close ties.