fair elections

Big News in New York: Gov. Cuomo's budget proposal includes Fair Elections

Yesterday Gov. Cuomo announced his 2014 budget proposal, and it includes publicly financed Fair Elections. This is a major step for Cuomo, and puts the campaign in great position to win in the state. And after decades of passing Fair Elections bills, the state Assembly has recommitted their support. But there's still a roadblock.

Major National Donors to Cuomo: Lead On Public Financing of Elections!

The New York Times reports this morning on a letter sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo from about 140 major national donors urging him to push for small donor-based public financing of state elections this year. The message from this letter is clear: words aren't enough; it's time for Gov. Cuomo to lead on this issue.

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Cuomo to Activists: Fair Elections “one of the most important issues to complete”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke on a telephone town hall last night with about 1,350 grassroots activists, signaling his strong support for campaign finance reform, saying "Campaign finance is a way to tell the people of this state and this country: It's your government. You own it. Literally." The Governor called campaign finance reform “one of the most important issues to complete” in the rest of New York’s legislative session this year.
 

BREAKING NY NEWS: Strong Fair Elections Supporter Prevails in Critical State Senate Race

This morning Fair Elections supporter Cecilia Tkaczyk officially became the newest state senator in New York, after all the votes were finally counted. Cecilia Tkaczyk's victory is a major boost to the campaign for publicly financed Fair Elections in New York. 

PRESS RELEASE: New York Gov. Cuomo Calls For New York City-style Public Financing Of Elections For State

In his State of the State address yesterday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged his support for the legislature to pass publicly financed Fair Elections legislation to curb the influence of big money in New York politics.

Cuomo in his SoS: "...we need to implement a public finance system like in New York City. It works well there, and it will work well for the state too.“

Sam Waterston Joins Fight for Fair Elections in New York

Public Campaign, along with allies in New York and national partners, have enlisted the support of famous Law & Order actor Sam Waterston for the campaign to bring Fair Elections reform to the state. Waterston appeared in a video where he makes the case for Fair Elections and urges New Yorkers to contact their lawmakers to back the long-overdue measure. 

Join Nick Nyhart and Rep. John Larson in West Hartford

Public Campaign Action Fund President Nick Nyhart will join Congressman John Larson (D-Conn.) in West Hartford, Connecticut on Tuesday to talk about the Fair Elections Now Act and other ways we can put our elections back in the hands of everyday people

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Public Campaign's Nick Nyhart and Citizen Action NY's Karen Scharff Talk Fair Elections on The Capitol Pressroom

It's been a busy week for the campaign to bring Fair Elections to New York. Public Campaign President Nick Nyhart, along with Citizen Action New York's Executive Director Karen Scharff appeared on the radio yesterday to talk about the major campaign to bring Fair Elections to state legislative races. You can listen to their appearance here.

The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and a New York State of Mind

Here's a recap of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's (PCAF) work from March 26 through April 13, 2012.

Front Page Fair Elections Story in New York Times!

The New York Times has a front page story today on the effort to bring Fair Elections to New York State legislative races. The story focuses on "an unusual and well-heeled coalition, trying to tap public anger over the flood of money into politics, (who are) pushing to enact a public financing system for elections in New York State."