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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Our Work on Public Campaign Financing is Not Done [Op-Ed]

State Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou and Senator Jessica Ramos write in favor of introducing a public financing bill in the remaining days of this legislative session. Viewing this structural reform as a stepping stone to greater equity in New York state, the two legislators add, “As women of color and as elected leaders representing people from all walks of life, we are here to bring change and shift power away from big donors and to the people of New York.” Source: Gotham Gazette Date: June 2, 2019 See full story here. See

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Public Financing Coalition Urges Appointment of Commission

The Fair Elections for New York coalition, a prominent group advocating the enactment of a statewide public campaign financing system, sent a letter urging Governor Cuomo, Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins, and Speaker Heastie to swiftly appoint a commission “comprised of a diverse range of knowledgeable individuals who support public financing of elections.” Source: Gotham Gazette Date: June 2, 2019 See full story here.  [JZ1]The article actually uploaded the wrong letter – the congressional reps’ letter was from March.

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In NY, the Sky’s the Limit [Editorial]

Last year, New York state closed the LLC loophole with the goal to curb the influence of big money in elections. As the Times Union editorial board argues, however, big money continues to call the tune in New York state, showing that further reform is needed. Source: Times Union      Date: May 25, 2019 See full story here.

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Oregon could lead campaign finance reform (Op-Ed)

With the governor and legislators considering campaign contribution limits, Oregon may no longer be one of the five states that permit donors to donate to campaigns without limit.  Ian Vandewalker of the Brennan Center for Justice writes that in addition to reining in big donations, lawmakers in Oregon should enact a small donor public financing system, which, he argues, would “fundamentally reshape the way campaigns are financed.” Source: Register Guard Date: April 30, 2019 See full story here.

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Portland, Maine activists look to create a local clean elections program

Activists in Portland, Maine are pushing for public financing for local elections in their city.  Representatives from the Fair Elections Portland campaign have begun the process to get an initiative on the November ballot to create a clean elections program.  If enacted, this program “would allow candidates for municipal office to receive an allocation from the general fund, which is funded through property taxes, to finance their campaigns, and would likely be modeled after the same program used by gubernatorial and state legislative candidates.” Source: Portland Press Herald Date: April 15, 2019 See full story here.

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