New York lawmakers discuss publicly funding political campaigns

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ALBANY N.Y – New York lawmakers paved the way for public campaign financing of statewide and legislative offices during session.

But, as NewsChannel 34’s Corina Cappabianca shows us, it’s up to a commission to come up with the specifics on how it will work.

This Public Campaign Financing Commission hearing in Albany last week generated an out-the-door line of people waiting to have their voices heard.

((Deyva Arthur, Green Party Member))
Finance reform, very, very important for grass roots democracy.

((Tom Speaker, Reinvent Albany Policy Analyst))
we think that more than anything that the commission establishes a strong campaign financing commission that allows ordinary people to have more of a a voice in the decisions that affect our lives.

The Commission is tasked with coming up with recommendations on how to allocate up to 100 million dollars in public funds per year.
But, not everyone is on board with the idea.

((Chris Tague, Assemblymember))
The system that we have now may not be perfect, and maybe there are some improvements that can be made. But, I think it’s pretty good the way it is right now than to bring in all these new changes that they want to make.

Supporters of public campaign financing say it will make elections more fair.

But, others call the idea “ludicrous.”

((Chris Tague, Assemblymember))
if you make them pay it through their taxes, then their money is going to support a candidate. And, by the way it may be to support a candidate that doesn’t fit the same vales or it’s someone that they may not support or vote.

The Commission has until December 1st to come up with the recommendations.

In Albany, Corina Cappabianca.

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