It’s time Albany finally returns to government of, by, and for the people – not government bought and paid for by the billionaires. As long as politicians are accountable to the corporations and lobbyists who finance their campaigns, they’re never going to be accountable to the people who elected them.
Ordinary New Yorkers should have their voices heard. We should replace billionaire-funded elections with Fair Elections. We need to put elections back in the hands of ordinary New Yorkers.
The campaign for Fair Elections for New York is focused on a “demand democracy” agenda:
Publicly funded elections: A small donor matching system to break open our elections so that more people can weigh in – the same people who are too often left behind.
Campaign finance reforms: Closing the LLC loophole, lowering contribution limits for candidates and committees, and limiting transfers to put a check on how much money the super-rich can use to influence elections.
Elections and voting reforms: It should be easy to vote in New York: automatic registration, expand online registration, and allow for early and mail-in voting to strengthen democracy.
Expand and protect the vote: Over 40,000 New Yorkers who are on parole must be allowed to vote. We need a full investigation of the purging of voter rolls and new training, support & oversight for boards of elections to make sure that voters are never unfairly removed from the rolls again.
Real ethics reforms: We need to eliminate pension benefits for convicted corrupt officials, ban on personal use of campaign funds, create a full-time legislature with sharp limits on conflicts of interest, and require full-disclosure for personal finances to make sure politicians work for all the people, not just the billionaires.
Press inquiries may be directed to Charlie Albanetti, 518.595.9047.
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