Monday, January 24, 2011

Over 50 Groups Call Upon Legislature to Take Action on the Public Financing of Elections

Today in Albany, over 50 groups called upon the legislature to take action to create a system of publicly financed elections in New York State, sending letters to the Assembly and State Senate. The Brennan Center was among the groups, which were comprised of other good government, civil rights, environmental, labor, community, health care, social justice, and grassroots advocacy organizations.

The letters to the members of the Assembly and State Senate, fall on the heels of a letter sent to Gov. Cuomo last week, calling for the governor to make good on his commitment to work to create a system of public financing of elections in New York State – a commitment he made during his State of the State speech as well as on the campaign trail. The letters, posted below, encourage both chambers to work closely with the governor to create a public finance system -- similar to New York City’s Matching Funds System -- that would make New York State a national leader in campaign finance reform.

Letter to Speaker Silver and Assembly

Letter to Majority Leader Skelos and State Senate

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