Public Financing

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NEW REPORT--Fresh Start: The Impact of Public Campaign Financing in Connecticut

Demos released a new report today: Fresh Start: The Impact of Public Financing in Connecticut, which details the success of the Citizens Election Program in the state.

Here are some key findings in the report:

PRESS RELEASE: New York Gov. Cuomo Calls For New York City-style Public Financing Of Elections For State

In his State of the State address yesterday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged his support for the legislature to pass publicly financed Fair Elections legislation to curb the influence of big money in New York politics.

Cuomo in his SoS: "...we need to implement a public finance system like in New York City. It works well there, and it will work well for the state too.“

How To Beat Citizens United

The Washington Post's E.J. Dionne has an op-ed today on fighting big money influence in our elections post-Citizens Uinted. He looks to the Fair Elections campaign that is underway in New York state that could bring public financing to state legislative races.

Albany Can Kick the Money Habit

This weekend the New York Times editorial page urged Gov. Cuomo and the New York legislature to move forward with Fair Elections:

Front Page Fair Elections Story in New York Times!

The New York Times has a front page story today on the effort to bring Fair Elections to New York State legislative races. The story focuses on "an unusual and well-heeled coalition, trying to tap public anger over the flood of money into politics, (who are) pushing to enact a public financing system for elections in New York State."

Busy Week For Fair Elections Campaign in New York

The campaign to bring Fair Elections to New York state held events all over the state this week. There were town hall meetings in Brooklyn and Manhattan, as well as press events in all corners of the state. For too long, Albany has had a reputation as a bastion of corruption and pay-to-play politics. Public Campaign, along with state partners from across the political spectrum, are working hard to restore faith in New York state government by passing small donor based campaign finance reform.

Tom Friedman: The game is rigged by big money

In his New York Times column today, Thomas Friedman provides the platform he'd like a presidential candidate to run on. We definitely agree with the last issue:

2011's Top 10 Money in Politics Stories

At protests across the country Occupiers fought back against a political system that too often looks out for their 1% campaign donors, the supercommittee made influencing-peddling easier for special interests, and the Supreme Court once again sided with big money. Those events and more make up our 2011 list of top money-in-politics stories. 

Check out the full list and if you have your own suggestions for items we left off, leave them in the comments below.

1. Occupy’s Message Delivered

President Obama: "...There is no doubt that money has an impact on what happens here in Washington..."

Yesterday President Obama participated in a Twitter Town Hall meeting, taking questions from all over the country. Obama responded to one tweet by noting the influence that big money has in Washington, D.C.

President Obama from yesterday: "And public campaign financing is something that I've supported in the past. There is no doubt that money has an impact on what happens here in Washington. And the more we can reduce money's impact on Washington, the better off we're going to be."

Supreme Court Rules in McComish v. Bennett, Foundation of Public Financing Intact

The U.S. Supreme Court just issued it's ruling in McComish v. Bennett, striking down the matching funds provisions prevalent in some public financing programs around the country.

The Court did, however, keep the foundation of public financing laws intact.

Check out our ongoing coverage of the decision at http://www.publicampaign.org/mccomishnews.