Let’s get big money out of NY politics (Op-Ed)

State Senator Rachel May applauds the state legislature for prioritizing democracy reform. In the first weeks of the 2019 session, the legislature passed early voting, consolidated federal and state primaries, and pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds, among other reforms. Next, May urges her colleagues to turn their attention to the issue of money in politics. In addition to lowering contribution limits, May believes a small donor public financing system should be the next step, “so that candidates have more incentive to reach out to the broadest base of voters, rather than devoting most of their attention to the people with deep pockets.” Public financing, May contends, would “turn[] campaign fundraising into a positive exercise in participatory democracy.”

Source: Syracuse Post-Standard

Date: February 1, 2019

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