Over three decades ago, a commission established by former Governor Mario Cuomo labeled the state’s campaign finance system an “embarrassment.” Not much has changed since then, according to Blair Horner, Executive Director of the New York Public Interest Research Group. But the state has an opportunity to achieve long-awaited reform through the work of a commission responsible for designing a small donor public financing program for the state. Horner urges the Public Campaign Financing Commission, which has little time to lose, to model its recommendations off New York City’s long-running, successful, and “road-tested” program.
Date: September 9, 2019
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