Topic: campaign finance

Fair Elections in New York State Now!

February 2, 2012 The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo Governor of New York State NYS State Capitol Building Albany, New York 12224 Dear Governor Cuomo, We write to express our strong support for the pledge you made during your State of the State address to introduce 2012 legislation to create a public funding option for New York state elections. We applaud your leadership in pursuing this vital goal; public financing is the single most important next step to upend the perception … Read More

Open Letter to Governor Cuomo: Public Financing of Elections

February 2, 2011 The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo Governor of New York State NYS State Capitol Building Albany, NY 12224 Dear Governor Cuomo, ACT NOW is joining many other progressive organizations to urge you to include robust public financing of elections in the legislative agenda that you advance as Governor. We encourage you to submit such a proposal early in the 2011 legislative season as part of the broad ethics and political reforms you have proposed, making good governance and … Read More

The Case for Campaign Finance Reform in New York State

In his push for ethics reform in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling for campaign finance reform, addressing the pernicious influence of big (corporate) money in state politics: he’s all for clean money, clean elections. In states where public financing of election campaigns has already been enacted – in some for a number of years – there are variations in its structure, but the basics are these:

Open Letter to our State Senators Regarding Campaign Finance

Hon. Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Hon. Craig Johnson
Hon. Joseph Addabbo
Hon. Jose Peralta

June 17, 2010

Dear Senators,

As one of New York City’s major progressive grassroots organizations, we call on you and your colleagues not to leave Albany for the end of the legislative session until real campaign finance reform passes the New York State Senate. Voters at the national and state levels have recently become fully aware of the dangers posed by wealthy special interests that dominate our government, our regulatory agencies, and much of our public life. That makes this the time to act and bring fundamental reform to our system. Read More

Fight for Fair Elections

Do you think corporations should be allowed to spend all the money they want to influence elections? If you answer no, you are in good company: 80% of Americans oppose the Supreme Court’s recent Citizens United ruling that just gave corporations this right.

Given this overwhelming opposition, we can surely count on our legislators to take a stand against this tidal wave of corporate influence in our elections …right? Read More

The Price of Democracy: Corporate Money in Politics

Watch our recent forum on corporate influence in our democracy in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Video after the Jump. Read More