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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Public Finance Commission Close to Final Proposal

Following last week’s working meeting, Zack Fink of NY1 reports that the Public Campaign Financing Commission is currently considering further lowering the contribution limit previously proposed for gubernatorial candidates and will likely adopt an in-district only match on only small contributions of $250 or less. There is reported agreement among Commissioners on raising a threshold for party ballot access, although the number of required votes has yet to be determined. Source: Spectrum Date: November 19, 2019 See full story here.

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Members of NAACP, unions, advocates call on Cuomo and legislative leaders to ensure state campaign finance program is fair

Public financing advocates from a broad coalition of organizations – including the NAACP, labor unions, and good government groups – wrote to the governor and legislative leaders recommending lower contribution limits and an earlier implementation date than the plan currently discussed for the soon-to-be announced public financing program. The letter reads, “New York desperately needs meaningful reform that will loosen the stranglehold that wealthy interests have over the policies New Yorkers need most, from housing and health care, to the environment and education.” Source: New York Daily News Date: November 19, 2019 See full story here.

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Latest National News

Grassroots Money Beats Amazon in Seattle

In Seattle’s most recent city council elections, Amazon spent a total of $1.5 million. Despite inundating the elections with corporate cash, Amazon and other Chamber of Commerce donors failed to meet their objective. Instead, grassroots candidates who relied on small donors and the city’s public financing program succeeded. According to the authors, the voucher system provided participating candidates with “an early bedrock of support” and “had a mobilizing side effect.” Source: The American Prospect Date: November 15, 2019 See full story here.

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Female candidates among those who will benefit from city’s campaign finance reform plan (Letter)

Baltimore resident Naba Wahid writes that the creation of a Fair Election Fund for city elections will be particularly beneficial to women running for office. A committee of the City Council voted unanimously in favor of a bill that will create such a fund. Wahid explains, “Recent scholarship has suggested that women have a tougher time getting donations for their campaigns than men and that women tend to rely heavily on small donations. However, with the Fair Election Fund, small donations will have power.” Source: Baltimore Sun Date: November 11, 2019 See full story here.

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DC’s Fair Elections program exists because voters are sick and tired of council corruption (Op-Ed)

Candidate for DC City Council Ward 4, Janeese Lewis George, is participating in the city’s new public financing program for the 2020 cycle. George praises the system for its promise of allowing everyday people to run for office and diminishing the influence of special interests on government decisions. She recalls the words of one supporter, who gave her $5 and said, “I know it’s not much, but I’m a tipped worker and this is what I can afford. … I am so excited about your campaign. We need someone who cares about people like me.” Source: DC Line Date: November 6, 2019 See full story here.

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