March 8 Event: The Role of Money in Politics in New York State; Promoting Small Dollar Democracy

The Committee for Economic Development (CED), Brennan Center for Justice, Americans for Campaign Reform, the League of Women Voters, Common Cause New York and NY LEAD, will host an exclusive luncheon event with business and civic leaders on the future of campaign finance reform in New York State on Friday, March 8, 2013. The event will feature the release of CED’s latest report, with an analysis of the New York City public financing model, entitled, Promoting Small Donor Democracy: The Value of Public Matching Programs.

A Business and Civic Leader Luncheon Forum

The Role of Money in Politics in New York State:
Promoting Small Dollar Democracy

Friday, March 8, 2013
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
New York Times Building
Covington & Burling
620 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10018
Lunch will be served

RSVP is required. Space is limited.

Speakers

David L. Calone, President & CEO, Jove Equity Partners, LLC
Tony Corrado, Professor, Colby College; CED Money in Politics Project Director
Leo Hindery, Managing Director, InterMedia Partners
Celinda Lake, President, Lake Research Partners
Jonathan Soros, President and Deputy Chairman, Soros Fund Management, LLC
Michael Waldman, President, Brennan Center for Justice

Keynote Remarks

Governor Andrew Cuomo (invited)

Recent scandals and the widespread perception of corruption in the political finance system have prompted demand for action from Albany. Governor Cuomo reiterated his intent to act on major reforms in his State of the State address declaring, “New York must enact campaign finance reform.” This event will feature relevant information from experts and policy leaders and an analysis of New York City’s model for reform.

CED is a national, non-partisan business-led public policy organization. CED conducts research on major economic and social issues and actively informs and engages the business community in an effort to achieve policy reform for the good of the nation. Membership is made up of some 200 senior corporate executives and university leaders who lead CED’s research and outreach efforts.

NYLEAD, a new bipartisan coalition of business, academic, and philanthropic leaders, together with CED, is advocating for the statewide adoption of public matching for low-dollar contributions. CED and NY LEAD believe that a multiple dollar public match on low-dollar donations can have a substantial leveraging effect that would provide candidates with a strong incentive to seek out large numbers of small donations. At the same time, it would give small donors a greater sense of empowerment that would encourage them to become more involved in the financing of political campaigns.

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