Business, civic and philantrophic leaders in New York State urge Governor Cuomo to advance campaign finance reform, through public financing and matching funds for small donors, in the 2013 legislative session.
The future of campaign finance reform must include an effort to bolster the power of small donors by amplifying their political voice. The report is the first to show how a small donor matching fund model — used successfully in New York City, and elsewhere — could work for Congressional elections.
The Brennan Center for Justice submitted to testimony to the Maryland General Assembly Commission to Study Campaign Finance Law regarding ways the state can build on the success of its groundbreaking disclosure law enacted in 2011 to strengthen its campaign finance laws.
New York State is considering a system of public campaign financing for state elections similar to New York City’s small donor matching fund program, based in part on the assumption that it would bring greater fairness and diversity to state elections.The results of this new study support that claim.