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Push for public financing of NY campaigns ramps up

Senate Majority Co-Leader Dean Skelos says that funding

Senate Majority Co-Leader Dean Skelos says that funding is needed more urgently for schools and tax cuts than for campaign financing. (Credit: Office of the Governor)

ALBANY -- Good-government groups will pressure state senators this week when legislators return to Albany to try to force Republican leaders to accept public financing of campaigns.

The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School, the New York Public Interest Research Group, Common Cause and Citizens Union have sent letters to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders to negotiate the long blocked measures in the coming weeks.

“Surely you must agree that the status quo cannot be an acceptable position to restoring public integrity to the Capitol and increasing public confidence in the Legislature,” the groups wrote Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre).

Skelos argues that funding is needed more urgently for schools and tax cuts.

Tags: campaign finance , election reform

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