Fair Elections Elected Official Accountability Campaign
88 Assembly Members & 40 Senators on the Record in Support of Public Financing of Elections. Will They Deliver?
Small donor public financing is the single best solution to limit the power of big money in politics and give everyday New Yorkers a real say in Albany. Governor Andrew Cuomo, Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Speaker Carl Heastie have all authored small donor matching proposals in the past that were consistently blocked by Republicans in the State Senate. Speaker Heastie said he didn’t have the votes to pass small donor public financing in this year’s budget, despite the fact that his chamber has voted to pass it many times in the past. Thousands of New Yorkers contacted their state legislators to urge them to include small donor public financing be in the state budget, and for the first time in history, the Governor, Assembly, and Senate ALL included it in their budget recommendations.
Because of huge grassroots pressure across the state, campaign finance reform became a top budget issue this year and Governor Cuomo, the Senate and the Assembly all committed to forming a commission that would outline New York’s small donor matching program by December 1st. With majorities in both chambers on the record in support of small donor public financing, there’s no excuse not to end the year with a strong small donor public financing program, either through the commission or through legislative action. There’s no time to lose to ensure lawmakers who have supported passing small donor public financing in the past confirm their support for passing it this year!
TAKE ACTION NOW!
Have your lawmakers committed to supporting small donor public financing? Check out the scorecards above to find out.
If an Elected Leader Has Not Yet This Year Pledged Support for Fair Elections
Step 1: Tweet your elected leaders and ask “We deserve #FairElections in NY! Will you commit to supporting small donor public financing and taking action to ensure we end the year with a strong program? YES or NO?”
Step 3: Let us know how it goes. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if an elected leader publicly commits to supporting small donor public financing, and we’ll add them to the list.
If an Elected Leader Has Pledged Support for Fair Elections
Tweet them to thank them for standing up for Fair Elections: “Thank you for supporting #FairElections in NY! I’m counting on you to fight to pass a strong small donor public financing bill this year”