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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Good-Government Groups Want To See Draft Work From Public Financing Commission

With its December 1 deadline looming, the Public Campaign Financing Commission has less than two months to design its recommendations for a public financing program for New York state. Leaders of state advocacy groups have sent a letter to the commissioners urging that they publish a draft report to allow for comment and analysis by concerned New Yorkers, advocates, and experts. Source: Spectrum Date: October 7, 2019 See full story here.

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Public campaign finance task force faces call for update

Advocacy groups pushing for campaign finance reform in New York state sent a letter to the Public Campaign Finance Commission on Monday calling for an interim report from the panel by the beginning of November. The signers of the letter, including Lawrence Norden of the Brennan Center for Justice, explained that an update “would help avoid a rush at the end to meet the December 1 deadline — and would increase public trust in this process and final result.” Source: Associated Press Date: October 7, 2019 See full story here.

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Public financing of NY elections will empower voters (Op-Ed)

Professor Martin Gilens reflects on his research demonstrating the outsized influence of the affluent and special interests on government and concludes that public financing is the most impactful reform to address this problem. Based on his studies on the issue, Gilens urges the Public Campaign Financing Commission to “reject a government for the affluent and embrace a government for the people by recommending a robust system of publicly financed elections.” Source: Albany Times Union Date: October 1, 2019 See full story here.

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Latest National News

Ensuring fair elections in Baltimore is a fight for Democracy (Op-Ed)

Gaby Nair, Nnamdi Lumumba, and Owen Silverman Andrews – leaders from several Baltimore political groups – authored an op-ed encouraging action on legislation in the City Council that would establish a public financing program for the city. They write, “reforms like the Fair Election Fund represent a tool that working people can use to advance their interests. We must remain vigilant as [the legislation] moves through the City Council to the Mayor’s desk.” Source: Baltimore Beat Date: September 19, 2019 See full story here.

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How to reduce the influence of big donors on city government (Editorial)

A Baltimore City Council committee is considering legislation to create a voluntary small donor public financing system on Tuesday, fulfilling the wish of voters who passed a ballot measure to introduce public financing to city elections last November. The Baltimore Sun editorial board writes, “Make no mistake, the projected $2.5 million annual cost represents a worthwhile investment, and we believe most city residents agree.” Source: Baltimore Sun Date: September 17, 2019 See full story here.

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Supervisors Triple Matching Rate For Public Campaign Funds

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved legislation to triple the public financing program’s match rate to $6-to-$1 and lower the individual contribution limit to $150. The legislation would go into effect for the 2020 elections if signed by Mayor London Breed. Source: SF Weekly Date: September 17, 2019 See full story here.

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