A strongly worded editorial in the Times Union this morning challenges the state Senate to “put up or shut up” on campaign finance reform. As have so many other pieces of legislation, efforts to reform New York’s atrocious campaign finance system have passed the Assembly session after session only to be held up in the Senate. The Assembly’s bill seeks to lower the contribution limit, ban soft money contributions to party organizations, and set up a system of public financing.
We wholeheartedly agree that New York’s campaign finance laws merely constitute a “flimsy facade.” Though we doubt that the Senate will take up the Times Union’s call to action during today’s extraordinary session, we urge the Senate leadership to work with the Assembly to create a sound, effective bill to send to the Governor.
Categories: General, Campaign Finance