4:03 pm Feb. 22, 2012
Councilman Dan Garodnick, who is considering a run for city comptroller next year, sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo today expressing support for his plan to publicly finance campaigns in the state.
In the letter, which is signed by 27 City Council members, Garodnick writes:
"After the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United, we face an era of unlimited and increasingly secret spending in our elections. Public financing programs are one way to help combat this potentially corrupting influence of big money in our politics."
Garodnick's letter is the latest effort in a recent campaign to push for public financing of state elections, similar to what New York City candidates have with the Campaign Finance Board's program which sends $6 in public funds to candidates for each $1 raised privately, for contributions of up to $250.
Some Democrats, like fund-raiser Bill Samuels, have grumbled about Cuomo not doing more on this issue, after campaigning on it so heavily in 2010. But the full scope of campaign-finance reform in Albany isn't just about getting dollars to candidates, but limiting how many dollars donors can take from contributors, and reducing the ways campaign committees are allowed to spend those dollars.
While the debate is happening in news stories and editorials, Cuomo has continued raising money under the state's current rules, which allow candidates to give tens of thousands of dollars directly to campaigns, and unlimited amounts of money through limited liability corporations.