Monday, March 21, 2011

Voter Owned Elections in New York

Covering a recent panel discussion featuring Ciara Torres-Spelliscy of the Brennan Center, Huffington Post ran a great piece on the future of public financing in the wake of Citizens United. Ciara discussed how New York would benefit by adopting a small donor matching funds system similar to New York City’s, where candidates have an incentive to raise funds from small donors which are later matched by the City. Referring to the positive outcomes of lawmakers being able to make independent policy decisions on major issues, Susan Lerner of Common Cause described public financing as "the reform that makes all other reforms possible."

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