Written by Jill Nossa Friday, 21 March 2014 00:00
Last week, activists hung banners all around Long Island, including this one on Glen Cove Road at Brewster Streer, to rally voters and hold politicians’ feet to the fire on the question of campaign finance reform.
Before the current state legislative season ends in Albany, concerned citizens representing MOP Democracy (Money Out of Politics) are conducting a civil disobedience campaign across New York State to demand that Governor Cuomo keep his promise for campaign finance reform through maintaining public financing of elections in the state budget. Campaign finance reform is intended to make elections fair in places where the system favors large contributions, often from special interest groups, over smaller donations from average voters.
“We are skeptical that Governor Cuomo is doing more than political posturing,” said Matthew Edge, founder of MOP Democracy. “First Spitzer, then Paterson, and now Governor Cuomo say they want meaningful campaign finance reform, but they take millions in campaign contributions from special interest money and then point fingers when it fails. We are sick of empty promises, we want action.”
The New York Public Interest Research Group reports that Cuomo has more than $33 million for his 2014 run for governor and 99.15 percent of his money this cycle has come from the wealthy; the Governor is also reportedly interested in running for President and may use the same group of wealthy donors and fundraisers to finance a campaign. Having coursed through upstate, the civil disobedience campaign is currently in our area, and will culminate with a rally in Albany at the end of March.