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.
New York has some of the loosest campaign finance rules in America, with the highest contribution levels of any state that sets a limit. The result is a system where a few big contributors bankroll campaigns. That gives them an outsizeded role in calling the shots in Albany after Election Day, too – on everything from taxes to environmental protections to schools to the minimum wage.
The Fair Elections plan would change that, lowering contribution limits and implementing a system of small donor-driven public financing modeled after the successful system New York City uses for local elections.
Watch the video and sign the petition here.