Elections are dominated by big donors who can afford to buy political access. Comprehensive campaign finance reform, including public financing, is needed to empower those average voters who are shut out under the current system.
In a friend-of-the-court brief, the Brennan Center explained that the Supreme Court’s expansion of corporate political speech in Citizens United provides no basis for recognizing religious rights in for-profit corporations.
In its publication, Money for Nothing, Unshackle Upstate rails against comprehensive campaign finance reform, including the public financing of elections. However, the paper's claims have already been refuted repeatedly.
Our Founders feared corruption. They did not want government beholden to narrow, elite interests. Aggregate contribution limits are exactly the type of protections the Founders envisioned. The Supreme Court must uphold them.
The Brennan Center applauds the launch of New York's Project Sunlight database, a searchable portal that discloses meetings among government officials, individuals and entities with business before those officials.
In a friend-of-the-court brief, the Brennan Center explained how striking down aggregate contribution limits would allow wealthy donors unfettered access to and influence over elected officials, mirroring the pattern of donations to Super PACs.
In an open letter to the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), nearly 60 business and civic leaders called on Senate Co-President Jeff Klein and the IDC to bring campaign finance reform legislation to a vote on the floor of the State Senate.
At a discussion with business leaders and advocacy groups, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman unveiled new regulations to help end secret spending in New York State elections and called on the Senate to pass comprehensive campaign finance reform, including a small donor public financing system.