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Cuomo to include public campaign finance in budget proposal

Government reform groups are pleased that Governor Cuomo will put money in his new state budget to fund public financing of campaigns, as well as money for better enforcement of existing campaign laws.

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent
A Cuomo administration official says the governor will ask for funding in his budget plan for a matching donor public campaign finance system for statewide elections. He’ll also seek $4 million to create an independent unit in the State Board of Elections to enforce existing laws.
The Board of Elections has not had any investigators to probe campaign reporting violations in several years.
Karen Scharff with Citizen Action is pleased. Citizen Action is one of thirty groups that wrote a letter to the Governor urging action in the budget.
“He’s showing that he’s serious about cleaning up Albany finally and fixing our broken camping finance system," Scharff said.  
Governor Cuomo has been adept at using the current campaign finance rules, raising $33 million for his campaign war chest. The bulk of that money came from large donations.
The public campaign financing proposal faces a steep hurdle in the State Senate where Republicans oppose the measure, saying it would be a waste of the taxpayers’ money.
Meanwhile, a poll shows a majority of New Yorkers support public campaign financing by 64% to 30%.

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