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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Senate includes small donor public financing in one-house resolution

Democrats in the New York State Senate released their one house resolution today. Their proposal “supports establishing a publicly financed small donor matching system in order to curtail the influence of money in politics, in addition to other necessary campaign finance reforms.”  Source: Times UnionDate: March 12, 2019 See full story here.

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Curb the impact of big donors (Op-Ed)

New York state needs small donor public financing, writes president of the NAACP New York State Conference and NY LEAD member Dr. Hazel N. Dukes. This crucial campaign finance reform would bring transformational change to New York state. Small donor public financing “increases the influence of everyday people, frees officeholders to focus on constituents rather than on big donors, reduces perceptions of government corruption that feed public cynicism, and boosts civic engagement.” These benefits would come at a cost of less than one penny a day per New Yorker. Source: Albany Times UnionDate: March 9, 2019 See full story here.

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Latest National News

House passes sweeping election reform bill

The House passed H.R. 1, an historic omnibus package of election, ethics, and campaign finance reforms. One of the key pillars of the  legislation was small donor public financing for congressional campaigns. Source: POLITICODate: March 8, 2019 See full story here.

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Small-Dollar Donors Are Playing A Growing Role In Congressional Campaigns

Small donors are playing an increasingly significant role in national politics, according to a report by Americans for Financial Reform and the Center for Economic and Policy Research.  According to Lisa Donner, Executive Director of Americans for Financial Reform, “[m]ore candidates chose to focus on waging campaigns based on good public policy . . . That choice inspired the grassroots and empowered small donors.” Source: The InterceptDate: March 6, 2019 See full story here.

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New Poll Shows Majority of New Mexicans Supports Public Financing

A survey by the University of New Mexico found that “[s]even in 10 [respondents] said elected officials are more responsive to donors than voters.” That number reflects an increase from the results of a similar survey conducted after the 2016 election. To solve this problem, “65 percent strongly agreed or somewhat agreed that all elected offices should be eligible to receive public financing.” Source: Santa Fe New Mexican Date: February 25, 2019 See full story here.

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