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.

Latest New York News

Why is Cuomo undermining public financing just after championing it? (Op-Ed)

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.

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New York lawmakers return to Albany for 2020 legislative session with big plans and $6 billion budget hole

As the 2020 legislative session begins in New York, the Daily News reports on the issues on the agenda in Albany. The majorities in both houses will likely “build on voting and election reforms enacted last year” in the new session, which the News notes could include a response to the recommendations  that the Public Campaign Financing Commission issued in December. Source: New York Daily News Date: January 5, 2020 See full story here.

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Latest National News

In Stamford, Himes talks campaign finance 10 years after Citizens United ruling

A panel of elected officials and good government advocates convened on Tuesday to discuss the impact of Citizens United. The panel applauded Connecticut’s public financing system, the Citizens’ Election Program. One of the panelists, State Rep. Dan Fox, considers the program “remarkable” and explained that the its purpose is “to allow for citizens to compete in citizen-owned democracy.” Cheri Quickmire of Common Cause echoed this point, stating, “Connecticut really is an example for the nation.” Source: Stamford Advocate Date: January 21, 2020 See full story here.

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The legacy of ‘Citizens United’ has been destructive. We need campaign finance reform. (Op-Ed)

Marking the tenth anniversary of Citizens United, Democracy 21’s Fred Wertheimer writes that the damage done by that Supreme Court decision “has made the Watergate campaign finance scandals … look like child’s play.” He concludes that public financing programs, like the one proposed in H.R.1, present a path forward to reform our broken system. Source: Washington Post Date: January 20, 2020 See full story here.

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Public campaign financing in 2018 reduced influence of large donors, report shows

Maplight released a report on the impact of public financing on Berkeley’s most recent local elections. The report found that the city’s Fair Elections program had a profound impact on who ran, who contributed, and how campaigns communicated with potential constituents. The share of campaign funds that came from donors outside of Berkeley dropped and small contributions increased. One City Council candidate shared, “I ran once under the regular financing system and once under public financing. And what that meant to me in the second round was that I was able to talk to voters a lot more. I didn’t have to talk to them about raising money, I got to talk to them about ideas.” Source: Berkeleyside Date: December 19, 2019 See full story here.

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