I’m sure you were just as disappointed as I when Albany created a sure-to-fail campaign finance system in this year’s budget package.
But there are news reports coming from the Capitol that our leaders in Albany are working toward a more comprehensive and robust system – one that might be strong enough to finally limit the corrupting impact of CEO campaign cash.
This is big news! But those same news reports are also indicating that compromising could result in another gutted system.
Here’s the bottom line: for public campaign funding to work, there needs to be enough public funds for candidates to run competitive races, there needs to be strong enforcement, and it needs to start soon.
In an interview yesterday, State Senator Daniel Squadron described how elections work right now in Albany: “Small numbers of heavily invested individuals and corporations drive the system.”
The fact remains that the most effective way to reduce the influence of those big money donors driving the current system is with Fair Elections. It would boost the voices of everyday people by matching small campaign contributions with public funds.
We already know how to make a system that works. We have the evidence in New York City, Connecticut, Maine and Arizona – when the details are done right, Fair Elections can completely change the dynamic and put people back in charge.
A successful public financing system needs to provide enough matching funds to really help candidates who don’t have big money donors be competitive. It needs to apply to all races equally.
And it needs to start in 2016 – the next election cycle, not sometime down the road.
There’s still time to pass Fair Elections before this legislative session ends. Click here to tell your leaders in Albany that it needs to be done right.
Thanks for all that you do,
Citizen Action of New York