Last week New York state Comptroller, Tom DiNapoli, proposed legislation that would allow candidates for the Comptroller's office the option of using public financing. The Albany Times Union opined on the proposal yesterday, joining the New York Times in editorializing in favor of the measure.
From the Albany Times Union:
"Mr. DiNapoli lays out a plan for public financing of comptroller's campaigns, through which qualified candidates would be eligible for $6 in public financing for every dollar they raise. If politicians are beholden to those who donate the most, that puts the public first in line for a comptroller's loyalty."
From the New York Times:
"The Legislature should pass the bill swiftly and Gov.should sign it into law. They can’t stop there. New York needs full campaign finance reform."
For too long New York politics has been tainted with corruption on all levels of government. This proposal from DiNapoli is a solid first step toward cleaning up the state's reputation, and ensuring that elected officials in New York are beholden to their constituents, not big donors.