Campaign Finance Reform

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Campaign Finance Reform

Campaign finance reform is the reform that makes all other reform possible. That's why I support Clean Money, Clean Elections legislation that will decrease the power of incumbency and reduce the influence of special interests in New York state government. Our state has some of the weakest campaign finance laws in the country. In the special interest capital of the world, high contribution limits, loopholes, and insufficient oversight make Albany accessible to the highest bidder while closing it to the interests of voters.

Clean Money, Clean Elections is a public financing system under which potential candidates raise a number of small qualifying contributions in order to receive a lump sum of public funds with which to conduct their campaign activities. Such legislation will limit the amount of money spent in elections, make politicians accountable to the voters, and create natural term limits by making incumbents more vulnerable to challenges.

The reality is that wholesale change of the campaign finance system will take time and convincing. In the interim, I will work hard to implement immediate changes necessary to the integrity of our state's government. The most desperately needed changes include significantly reducing contribution limits, closing loopholes that allow limited liability companies and companies with subsidiaries to contribute large amounts to candidates, and creating an independent Board of Elections empowered to robustly enforce campaign finance law.

Help end the 21st Century Tammany Hall Style Politics at Boss Tweed's Saloon!

When: Sunday, August 10 3:00pm to 6pm

Where: Boss Tweed's Saloon, 115 Essex St, between Rivington and Delancey

Why: Come join us for a fun party as we raise funds to oust Speaker Silver and end the modern Tammany Hall style politics which are prevalent in Albany.

Subway: F/J/M/Z to Essex St - Delancey St

for details please RSVP to: nicholas@lukehenry.org