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What sort of system rewards candidates who raise big bucks from lobbyists and landlords and ignore their own constituents?
Unfortunately, New York State’s campaign finance system — with sky-high contribution limits and no public matching funds — does just that.
Former Senator Pedro Espada Jr. is the perfect example. Corrupt to the core, he’s now on trial from stealing Medicaid funds for low-income Bronx residents.
But his legal corruption — his willingness to cater to wealthy landlord donors at the expense of residents of his own Bronx district — will go unpunished.
The main lesson of the Espada debacle: New York needs to shift power away from big donors and towards regular voters. We can do this by implementing a strong system to publicly finance elections: Fair Elections for New York.
Read the full report on Espada below: