Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-NY), one of the country's leading voices for reforming our broken political system, has a great op-ed in the New York Daily News today:
In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court issued the Citizens United ruling, which is doing more damage to our democracy than any decision in modern American history. In 2012, led by Gov. Cuomo, New York has a chance to fight back by enacting state-based, publicly funded campaign reforms.
Passing such reforms would do more than just benefit New Yorkers — it could ignite a wave of changes in other states, advancing the kind of national movement that, to date, has been smothered by corrupting corporate interests.
He's right. And that's why so many national organizations are getting involved in this effort. Feingold concludes:
So until Citizens United is overturned and the influence of these obstructionists is forcefully repudiated, it is up to states to provide an effective counter to the exploding corporate influence over our elections. Cuomo and New York are well positioned to lead that charge. The challenges New York faces are certainly significant, but the stakes are too high not to try.