Fair Elections & Corruption

It’s time Albany finally returns to government of, by, and for the people – not government bought and paid for by the special interests. Once again in 2016 politicians in Albany chose big money over the people and did not pass comprehensive election reform. The need for publicly financed elections was shown clearly by Governor Cuomo’s Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption and further by the corruption felony convictions of Former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Former Speaker of the Assembly Sheldon Silver. It’s long past time for real reform.

Publicly funded elections have been proven to work in other states like Connecticut and even in New York City and now it’s time to bring Fair, Publicly funded elections to all of NYS.

Ordinary New Yorkers should have their voices heard. We should replace corporate-funded elections with Fair Elections. We need to put elections back in the hands of ordinary New Yorkers. Politicians should work for us, not their special interest sponsors.

The campaign for Fair Elections for New York is focused on four key goals:

1. Public Financing of Elections – establishing a voluntary system to empower small donors by matching their contributions with public money, similar to NYC’s successful system.

2. Lower Contribution Limits – bringing New York State’s sky-high contribution limits down to reasonable levels

3. Ending Pay-to-Play – saving public dollars by preventing contributions and bundling by contractors and lobbyists from influencing decisions about state business.

4. Stronger Enforcement and Transparency – ensuring that our laws are enforced in a fair, effective and timely manner, and that public matching funds are appropriately disbursed.

The campaign is supported by a broad and diverse coalition of labor, faith, good government, and community-based organizations both in New York and nationally.

For more information on the campaign and how you can get involved, contact Lisa Tyson at ltyson@lipc.org or 516-541-1006 x11.


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