How much more corruption will it take?

How much more corruption will it take?

Today’s story that State Senator Carl Kruger will surrender to prosecutors ought to be enough for New Yorkers to say: “We have had enough!”  Here is one more case of a state politician who is allegedly being corrupted because politicians need private cash to run their campaigns.  Why don’t we allow voters to own their [...]

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By Charlie Albanetti on March 10th, 2011
Prominent New Yorkers Want Voter Owned Elections

Prominent New Yorkers Want Voter Owned Elections

Ed Koch, Bill Bradley, Bob Kerrey and a number of other prominent New York businessmen and past politicians have called on Governor Cuomo to push for voter owned elections. Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal has an article about the letter sent by 23 big names in New York State politics asking the Governor to make good [...]

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By Tahisha Victor on March 1st, 2011
New York Times Calls For Voter Owned Elections

New York Times Calls For Voter Owned Elections

The push for enacting publicly financed voter owned elections in New York is growing every day. On Saturday, the New York Times made their opinion very clear: A strong ethics package would be a start, but not nearly enough. New York also needs a fair campaign financing system, including public financing — the only way [...]

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By Charlie Albanetti on February 15th, 2011
The Buffalo News Speaks Up

The Buffalo News Speaks Up

Earlier this week, The Buffalo News joined the majority of New Yorkers in calling for voter-owned publicly financed elections.  The last line of their editorial, I found to be, especially helpful in understanding why voter-owned publicly financed elections are crucial to good governance: There’s little hope of changing how the state spends taxpayers’ money until [...]

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By Jia-Jia Zhu on February 11th, 2011
Sweden and Iceland: Case Studies in Voter Owned Elections

Sweden and Iceland: Case Studies in Voter Owned Elections

As New Yorkers push once again for voter owned public financing of elections, it may be helpful to take a look at how political financing is carried out by our Scandinavian neighbors. In Sweden and Iceland, for instance, there is public funding of elections through state contributions to the political parties. In truth, political parties [...]

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By Bjarni Thoroddsson on February 4th, 2011