Fair Elections Elected Official Accountability Campaign
88 Assembly Members & 40 Senators on the Record in Support of Public Financing of Elections. Will They Deliver in This Year’s Budget?
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 recently 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.
With majorities in both chambers on the record in support of small donor public financing, there’s no excuse not to get the job done. The budget is due by April 1, 2019, so 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 in this year’s budget!
TAKE ACTION NOW!
Have your lawmakers committed to supporting small donor public financing in this year’s budget? Check out the scorecards above to find out.
If an Elected Leader Has Not Yet This Year Pledged Support for Fair Elections in the Budget
Step 1: Tweet your elected leaders and ask “We deserve #FairElections in NY! Will you commit to supporting small donor public financing in the budget & fighting for it to stay in the budget? YES or NO?”
Step 2: Contact your elected leaders directly. Click here to call them or click here to email them. Urge them to make a public commitment to supporting small donor public financing in this year’s budget, for example by signing onto a letter in support (get documentation such as a photo of their signature) or tweeting their support.
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 in this year’s budget, and we’ll add them to the list.
If an Elected Leader Has Pledged Support for Fair Elections in the Budget
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 keep small donor public financing in the budget”