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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Young, progressive elected officials in NYC credit public financing

In City & State’s profile on young, progressive leaders of color in New York City, several of the politicians interviewed credited the city’s public financing system for making their candidacies possible.  Public Advocate Jumaane Williams observed, “Most importantly, I think public financing helped a whole generation of people who normally would not get into this arena.” Source: City & State New York Date: May 5, 2019 See full story here.

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Ethics experts explore causes, solutions to political corruption

The Albany Times Union and the Museum of Political Corruption hosted a symposium on the problem of corruption in New York.  During one panel, New York City Conflicts of Interest Board Chair Richard Briffault observed, “If we want to have a democracy, where people run for office and they are not all billionaires, we need public financing.” Source: Albany Times Union Date: May 1, 2019 See full story here.

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Assemblymember to Host Discussion on Public Financing (Letter)

Assemblymember Sandy Galef wrote to the Highlands Current to underscore the importance of campaign finance reform in New York state, particularly small donor public financing.  The Assemblymember writes, “By matching small donations, voters who contribute small sums are put on a more equal footing with wealthy donors.”  On May 9 at 7:00 p.m., Assemblymember Galef will be hosting a community forum to discuss public financing in greater detail at the Croton Library. Source: The Highlands Current Date: April 23, 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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