About Fair Elections for New York

New Yorkers deserve a responsive, accountable government. To tackle the crises we face in housing, living wage jobs, criminal justice, affordable health care, transportation, climate, fair taxes, and more, we must fix our campaign finance system, which favors the wealthy over everyday, working New Yorkers.

This year, leaders in Albany passed historic voting reforms that make it easier for New Yorkers to exercise their freedom to vote and participate in our democracy. Now, leaders must act to pass a small-donor matching system, with lower contribution limits, to truly increase the voices of average New Yorkers in the political process, and in turn lessen the power of big money.

While public financing of elections was a top budget issue, the Governor and the Legislature missed an opportunity to create a strong small-donor matching system outright, instead leaving critical details to a commission. A broad coalition of 200+ groups across New York—who came together to ensure that comprehensive campaign finance reform, with a small-donor match, was included in the 2019 state budget—plan to hold leaders accountable to their promise to deliver Fair Elections reforms this year. Fair Elections reform includes:

  • Increase the power of small donations. It is critical we implement a small-donor matching system for state elections, including District Attorneys. This gives everyday people the means to run for office and represent their communities while relying on small donations instead of large checks. New York could lead the nation by becoming the first state since Citizens United to pass comprehensive campaign finance reform. By matching small-dollar donations with public funding — $6-to-every $1 raised — we can amplify the voices of women; of people of color; of the working and middle classes; and of any and all under-represented New Yorkers in the political process. Following the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, small-donor matching funds remains the most powerful way to counter the unlimited, secret money flowing into our elections. Adequate enforcement as well as robust candidate support services would ensure the matching funds program runs smoothly.
  •  Limit the influence of big money. The very wealthy and corporations shouldn’t be allowed to buy elections. The Governor and the Legislature took a step forward by shrinking the “LLC loophole,” which allows mega donors to funnel limitless amounts to candidates. We can now put a check on the outsized influence of big donors by fully closing the LLC loophole and by reducing New York’s unusually high contribution limits, among other improvements.

  • Protect New Yorkers’ freedom to vote. This year, New York passed historic voting reforms. We must continue to make it easier for New Yorkers to exercise their freedom to vote including by passing automatic voter registration and codifying into law New York’s policy to extend voting rights to all New Yorkers with past convictions.

200+ Fair Elections Supporters

32BJ SEIU
350.org
50 West 93 Street Tenant Association
ACT18 Indivisible
Action Potluck
Action Together Rochester
Advocates for Justice Chartered Attorneys
African American Ministers in Action
ALIGN
Alliance for Quality Education
American Family Voices
American Pakistani Public Affairs Committee
Arab American Institute
Archer K Blood Center for Democracy
The Arena
Association of Tenants of Lincoln Towers
Ben & Jerry’s
Bend the Arc
The Black Institute
BlackLine
Black Lives Matter Hudson Valley
Brennan Center for Justice
Briarcliff – Ossining Indivisible
Bronx Progressives
Brooklyn Community Bail Fund
Buffalo Democratic Socialists of America
Campaign for America’s Future
Campaign for New York Health
Campaign Legal Center
Capital District Democratic Socialists of America
CCoHOPE Indivisible
Center for Popular Democracy
Central Park Gardens Tenants Association
CGDCNY
Chinese American Planning Council
Churches United For Fair Housing
Citizen Action New York
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)
Citizens Union
The Civics Center
Cleanup Carl
Clean Water Action
Coalition for Economic Justice
Color of Change
Common Cause New York
Communities United for Police Reform Action Fund
Community Voices Heard
Concerned Citizens For Change
Cooper Square Committee
The Creative Resistance
CREDO Action
Criminal Justice Task Force, Roc/ACTS
Crown Heights Tenants Union
CWA District 1
CWA Local 1122
CWA Local 1133
CWA Local 1168
Daily Kos
Democracy 21
Democracy Initiative
Democracy Matters
Demos
Downtown Women for Change
Dutchess County Progressive Action Alliance
Empire State Indivisible
Empire State Progressives
End Citizens United
Equal Citizens
Erie County Green Party
Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island
Every Voice
Food & Water Watch
Four Freedoms Democratic Club
Franciscan Action Network
Free Speech For People
Friends of the Earth
The Gathering for Justice
Generation Citizen NY
Grassroots Action NY
Greater NYC for Change
Greenpeace
Housing Works, Inc.
Human Services Council
Humanists of Long Island
Indivisible
Indivisible Beekman
Indivisible BlueBlast!
Indivisible Brooklyn
Indivisible CD16 NY
Indivisible CD19 NY
Indivisible Harlem
Indivisible Nation BK
Indivisible Scarsdale
Indivisible the Fight Is On
Indivisible We Stand Upper West Side
Indivisible Westchester
Jews for Racial & Economic Justice
Justice Ministries Committee, Presbytery of New York City
Labor-Religion Coalition of NYS
Left Action
Let’s Visit Lee Zeldin
Local Democrats of New York
Long Island Activists
Long Island Civic Engagement Table
Long Island Jobs with Justice
Long Island Network for Change
Long Island Progressive Coalition
Long Island Together
Lower Hudson Valley Progressive Action Network
Main Street Alliance
Make the Road New York
MapLight
MAYDAY America
Metropolitan Council on Housing
Metro New York Health Care for All
Mid Suffolk Chapter of the National Organization for Women
Morningside Heights Resistance
Move Forward Staten Island
MoveOn
MPower Change
Muslims For Progress
National Action Network
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
National Council of Jewish Women
National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
New Progressive Alliance
New York City Loft Tenants
New York Civic Engagement Table
New York Communities for Change
New York Immigration Coalition
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
New York Progressive Action Network
New York State Council of Churches
New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG)
Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson
No IDC NY
North American Climate, Conservation and Environment (NACCE)
Northeast NY Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health
Northwest Bronx Indivisible
NY19Votes
NYCAIC’s #HALTsolitary campaign
NYCD16 Indivisible
NYC Democratic Socialists of America
NYS NAACP Conference of Branches
NYS Nurses Association (NYSNA)
Open Buffalo
Our Revolution
Partnership for the Public Good
People Demanding Action
People For the American Way
People’s Action
The People’s Empowerment Project/Democracy Coffee
People Power Patchogue
Persist81
Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts
Presente.org
Progressive Action of Lower Manhattan
Progressive Change Campaign Committee
Progressive Democrats of America
Progressive East End Reformers (PEER)
Progressive Power Inwood Heights
Progressive Schenectady
Progressive Turnout Project
Public Citizen
Putnam Progressives
Rally+Rise
Reinvent Albany
RepresentUs
Resist and Replace, Suffolk County
Showing Up for Racial Justice, Rochester (SURJ ROC)
Rise and Resist
Riverside Edgecombe Neighborhood Association
ROCitizen
Rockaway Youth Task Force
Rockland Citizens Action Network
Rockland United
runNYC
RWDSU
SEIU
Sierra Club
Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter
Small Planet Institute
Solidarity Committee/Capital District
South Country Unites
Stand Up America
St Nicks Alliance
Strong Economy For All Coalition
Suffolk Progressives
Sunrise Movement
Sunrise NYC
Tenants and Neighbors
Tenants Political Action Committee
Theatre of the Oppressed NYC
Tioga Progressives
Transformative Justice Coalition
True Blue New York
Ulster People for Justice & Democracy
Union Vale Indivisible
Unitarian Universalist Association
Up2Us
Upper West Side MoveOn/Indivisible Action
Uptown Progressive Action
VOCAL-NY
Voter Rights Action
Washington County Progressives
We of Action New York
WESPAC Foundation, Inc
Westchester Citizen Therapists
Westchester for Change
Working Families Party

New Yorkers deserve a responsive, accountable government. Voter turnout in New York is among the lowest in the nation, due in part to antiquated procedures for registration and voting that discourage participation. And our campaign finance system favors the wealthy over everyday, working New Yorkers. To tackle the crises we face in housing, living wage jobs, criminal justice, affordable health care, transportation, climate, fair taxes, and more, we must transform a campaign finance system that advantages the interests of the few over those of the many.

 

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