Good, Better, Best
There's been a considerable uptick in reporting on both New York's loophole-ridden campaign finance laws, and the push for public financing. Today, Newsday carries a story on an effort in Suffolk County at a public financing option - and an editorial claiming the effort doesn't go far enough. Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy is getting behind a proposal to create public financing for campaigns via a surcharge on businesses holding contracts with the county. The editorial board agrees reform is needed, but claims Levy is going at the wrong way - the right way is full public financing funded with tax dollars, a proposal that the board feels is an "inexpensive, pennies-a-year investment in democracy".