That's the judgment of the Albany Times Union on New York's campaign finance laws, in a scathing editorial. Citing the Brennan Center's recently released campaign finance report, the Times Union notes:
It stands to reason, of course, that campaign finance laws so tilted toward incumbents would help create that mess of a Legislature. But the mockery that's on the books in New York does even more damage than that. Re-election of any assemblyman or senator who wants it is all but assured. Just as troubling is the level of influence an almost unregulated system gives the special interests and corporations that donate all that money to legislators and other officeholders.
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