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Cleanse our system of big-money donors

Legislators work in the Assembly Chamber at the

Legislators work in the Assembly Chamber at the Capitol in Albany on March 25, 2015. Photo Credit: AP

The effort to rid politics of money is picking up steam [“Albany accord on ethics bill,” News, June 18]. A majority of officials in the New York State Assembly and Senate signed a letter urging the U.S. Congress to pass a constitutional amendment overturning the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision and prevent the auction of our democracy. Sixteen other states and the District of Columbia also have called on Congress to do this.

This is the summation of the tireless work logged by concerned citizens. Cleansing our political system of large-money donors is a monumental task that has never been more important.

However, more needs to be done. We’ve got to continue letting our local and state representatives know that it’s one thing to sign on to an issue, but it’s another to champion it. A productive dialogue has been established, and we must keep up the momentum.

Vincenza Ercole, Port Jefferson Station

Editor’s note: The writer is a member of the New York for Democracy Coalition, which advocates for campaign finance.

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