The State Campaign Finance Reform Commission put out its final report on the changes to the State’s campaign finance laws that will accompany the creation of a new small dollar matching funds program. I have been working alongside the Fair Elections for New York campaign for months as the Four Freedoms Democratic Club’s liaison to the campaign helping Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island activists to support the creation of this program and am disappointed with the results. The new program will:
- Have very high contribution limits, so much so that they largely negate the benefits of the small dollar matching funds.
- Have weak enforcement procedures.
- Make unrelated changes to the ballot access laws that seem designed to make it more difficult for progressive candidates to get on the ballot.
You can read the Fair Elections for New York campaign’s full statement here. This is a setback, but it does not mean that progressives will be giving up the fight for campaign finance reform, and I will be reaching out to Senators Krueger and Serrano and Assembly Member Seawright and urging them to propose new legislation fixing the botched Commission’s proposal.