Letter: Public campaign cash would be democratic

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Bravo to Eric Lane and Michael Waldman, writers of "Time ripe for tax-financed campaigns" .

Matching small campaign contributions with public funds is the only way to break up the concentration of power that resides almost exclusively in the hands of the wealthiest campaign donors.

Public campaign finance systems give candidates the incentive to appeal to the needs of the ordinary voter, and at the same time encourage ordinary voters to make small contributions, the impact of which otherwise would not be felt by candidates.

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Of course, most legislators whose campaigns were funded by special interests will fight hard to maintain the status quo. We should applaud Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's efforts to usher in public campaign financing, to stand up to the power elite and to work toward restoring the public trust in government.

Jodi Perlmuth Popofsky, Manhattan

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