Dec 16, 2013 — Advocates demonstrated in favor of public campaign financing Friday, following a report from Gov. Cuomo's anti-corruption commission favoring the idea.
Several Move On and Occupy members braved a chill wind and snow to demonstrate outside the State Capitol in favor of a public smalldonor matching fund to finance political campaigns. They shook cans of money as drivers honkedheir horns.
Move On’s Susan Weber says establishing a small-donor fund could end state politicians’ over dependence on large campaign donations, which, she says, has gotten them into trouble. “We have such incredible corruption in New York State,” Weber said. “New York State is almost the corruption capital of the nation.”
While Governor Cuomo’s Moreland Act commission recommended that public financing of campaigns be adopted, it’s uncertain how strongly Cuomo, a past supporter, will push for it in the New Year.
The demonstrators urge the governor to try.