New York needs comprehensive campaign finance reform more than ever, to restore the public’s trust in honest, open, and efficient government. A small donor match system will put the needs of real voters — the business owners and workers who drive New York’s economy — back on the agenda.

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Go the distance on civic reform: New York is taking strong steps for the first time in a generation; it must finish the job (Op-Ed)

With legislators on the verge of passing a slate of election reforms, New York state finally may be catching up with the rest of the country on democracy issues. First, the legislature will likely pass early voting and initiate the process of changing the state Constitution to permit no-excuse absentee balloting. Up next, lawmakers in Albany should prioritize campaign finance reform by establishing a small donor public financing system for state elections. Source: New York Daily News Date: January 14, 2019 See full story here.

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NY LEAD Launches, Calling on Albany to Change the Way It Finances Campaigns

NY LEAD, an organization of 80 business, philanthropic, and cultural leaders, launched on Friday with a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. The letter calls for making public financing of campaigns a priority in the 2019 session, in addition to other voting reforms. Source: Wall Street Journal Date: January 13, 2019 See full story here.

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Democracy Reforms Are Coming to New York

Comprehensive campaign finance reform and voting reforms could soon become a reality in New York state. “We look forward to working with [state lawmakers] to go further and enact public campaign financing, make Election Day a state holiday and ban corporate contributions once and for all,” said Rich Azzopardi, a spokesman for Governor Cuomo. Source: New York Times Date: January 10, 2019 See full story here.

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States and Cities Have Already Shown Democrats’ Election Reforms Will Work

A number of states, cities and municipalities across the country already have enacted many of the key democracy-strengthening reforms featured in the For the People Act (HR 1).  These proposals have been “field tested” at the local level and have shown that they can work. For example, small-donor public financing has already existed in New York City for 30 years and, more recently, has been adopted in numerous other jurisdictions, including Washington, D.C. Source: Huffington Post Date: January 10, 2019 See full story here.  

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Congressman Sarbanes: HR 1 Would Help Restore The Promise of Our Democracy (Op-Ed)

Congressman John Sarbanes, one of the original sponsors of HR 1, writes that the legislation is “a bold and transformative reform bill that will return power to the people by making it easier, not harder, to vote; breaking the grip of big money on our politics; and strengthening ethics laws so that the public officials serve the public, not themselves.” Regarding campaign finance reform, HR 1 includes a bill to create a small donor public financing system that will “empower[] the American people to take back their democracy from wealthy and well-connected special interests.” Source: Capital Gazette Date: January 8, 2019 See full story here.

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New Year Boosts Momentum for Reform

Blair Horner, Executive Director of New York Public Interest Research Group, notes that steps toward bold anti-corruption legislation are being taken both in Congress and in New York state. The new House majority’s sweeping reform package, if passed, would establish a voluntary, small donor matching system of public financing for federal Congressional races. In New York, Governor Cuomo has said that he will propose campaign finance reforms, including a statewide public financing system. According to Horner, “The public has every right to expect approval of corruption-busting measures in the areas of campaign finance (particularly with the creation of a voluntary system of public financing), government contracting, and ethics.” Source: WAMC Date: January 7, 2019 See full story here.

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