The Governor’s executive budget proposal did not include funding for starting up New York’s new public financing program, which the New York Public Campaign Financing Commission passed in December. Chisun Lee and Lawrence Norden of the Brennan Center for Justice write that this was “quite an omission” and threatens to weaken the much-needed program before it starts. The public financing program is quite strong, the authors note, though this major victory was tarnished by unjustified restrictions on access to the ballot for minor party and independent candidates. They urge the governor and legislative leaders to ensure that the program receives the funding it needs to get started. Source: New York Daily News Date: January 29, 2020 See full story here.
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.