Accountability in Albany

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The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle isn't pleased that the high cost of campaigning and resultant concentration of power among the small percentage of the population who can make significant campaign contributions. The paper urges Eliot Spitzer to continue in his efforts at a more transparent government, and to support Clean Elections public financing for state races.

This call for attention to the problem of campaign contributions buying influence comes on the heels of the introduction of Project Sunlight by the office of the New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. The stated goal of the site, up and running but still being developed, is: "to promote disclosure as well as to increase government's transparency and accountability to you. As James Madison, the Founding Father of the Bill of Rights observed, 'Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.'"