Clean Elections Introduced In New York

Elizabeth Benjamin at the New York Daily News covers New York City Council member Tony Avella's introduction yesterday of Clean Elections legislation to cover city races, an upgrade on New York's existing matching funds program. The article's a bit dismissive of Clean Elections in general but does mention the precedent for pursuing new campaign finance solutions in the city.

In addition to New York's matching funds program, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has aggressively pursued new donation limits, and new Gov. Michael Paterson is a longtime supporter of Clean Elections, having introduced a bill to create a system for New York legislative elections during his time in the state Senate.

Benjamin writes that groups that support Clean Elections have had "little success" advancing the programs at the state level but I know some folks in Maine, Arizona, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Vermont, Connecticut, and Oregon who would dispute that.