We like good news, especially when it shows what a more inclusive democracy can look like. A report this week from New York City’s Campaign Finance Board takes a look at the 2013 city elections and reveals what works in a small-donor driven campaign finance system.
Here are some of the findings we found particularly encouraging:
First: hundreds of Fair Elections activists had a great lobby day in Albany yesterday:Mar11
Will the Supreme Court release McCutcheon v. FEC today? Oh who the heck knows, but here's our primer just in case.
And there's a new face on our floor today: it's Miles Rapoport's first day as the new president of Common Cause. The Public Campaign staff is excited to work with him in his new role!Feb19
New York Congressmen Dan Maffei, Hakeem Jeffries, and Sean Patrick Maloney joined a press call with the Fair Elections for New York Campaign Wednesday to discuss their support for the Government By the People Act (HR 20).Jan22
Yesterday Gov. Cuomo announced his 2014 budget proposal, and it includes publicly financed Fair Elections. This is a major step for Cuomo, and puts the campaign in great position to win in the state. And after decades of passing Fair Elections bills, the state Assembly has recommitted their support. But there's still a roadblock.Jan21
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will join New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) in New York City Thursday to highlight the impact our big money campaign system has on our country’s growing economic inequality.
In an invitation to supporters, Citizen Action of New York’s Karen Scharff wrote, “The stagnant economy and rampant inequality in New York and across America is directly connected to the growing problem of money-in-politics.”Dec03
Last night in New York the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, appointed by Gov. Cuomo, issued its initial findings in a 101 page report. Not surprisingly, they found that New York politics is swimming in corruption.
From the report:Nov20
As the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption gets set to offer its recommendations early next month, momentum continues to build for them to support small donor-based Fair Elections as the systemic change Albany needs.Jul02
Public Campaign applauds the strong action taken by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today in naming a Moreland Commission to probe campaign finance-related corruption in the legislature.Jun12
A number of celebrities are speaking out about their support for Fair Elections in New York. Alec Baldwin joined Jason Alexander, Kathleen Turner, and Kathryn Erbe in calling on politicians in Albany to pass Fair Elections.
Mr. Baldwin's message for elected officials in New York: "It's time to stop talking about cleaning up Albany and start doing it. Pass Fair Elections for New York and don't come home without it."