Progressive 'SuperPAC' prepares to target LI Senate race

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A national progressive “super PAC” pushing for a state Senate vote in Albany on public campaign financing warns that if the GOP resists, it will fund ads in the 8th district in Republican leader Dean Skelos’ Nassau County backyard.

David Donnelly, head of the organization “Friends of Democracy,” which he co-founded with Jonathan Soros, said it would put up ads, as it did in upstate Sen. Cecelia Tzaczyk’s narrowly-won 2012 campaign, this time in support of Democrat David Denenberg.

“If the Republican Senate doesn’t agree to move ahead, with Gov. Cuomo and the rest of the state legislature, on a fair-election proposal then we need a different state Senate,” Donnelly said Monday. In the 8th district seat, vacated in December by Republican Charles Fuschillo Jr., the county GOP is supporting Legis. Michael Venditto to succeed him. If his organization moves ahead, Donnelly said, the seat would be “pretty high up on our list” of targeted races.

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Last time out, he said, the PAC put $275,000 worth of ads behind Tzaczyk, and “I would think that is a floor for us. It’s about advancing the issue, but frankly, our preference is that this (a vote) be done in the next few weeks rather than drag out all year and through the election contest.” Donnelly said this cycle, the PAC’s warchest will rise to about $5.5 million and it has yet to be decided what share will go into federal and state races around the U.S.

Here's a profile of the group from 2012 in which the founders acknowledge the irony of a pro-public-finance superPAC..

Today, Skelos reiterated his position to reporters that he’s willing to discuss campaign finance reform, but inclusion of a mention of it in a Senate resolution late last week doesn’t mean the body is going to take action on the issue.
Below is posted an ad that ran last time out in the Tzaczyk race.
 

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