The Wall Street Journal reports that Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) will receive a letter today signed by several prominent former politicians, political donors, and clergy urging him to push for publicly financed Voter-Owned Elections for statewide and legislative campaigns in New York. Signed by the likes of former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley and former Mayor Ed Koch, the letter calls for Gov. Cuomo to reform the election system in New York to change the dysfunational reputation that has plagued Albany for years.
From the letter: "With public funding, elections are not just about raising money; but more about ability and policy positions. Public funding of campaigns is the best way to reduce the possibility and the perception of corruption associated with large contributions and unlimited campaign spending. Perhaps most importantly, given how cynical New Yorkers have become about their state government, matching funds encourage voters to get involved in campaigns and reengage in our democratic system."
Gov. Cuomo signaled his support for publicly financed Voter-Owned Elections in his State of the State address and his leadership in reforming Albany is needed to change Albany's unfortunate reputation.
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