Assemblyman Lavine Works to Raise Awareness and Attract Support for Public Financing of Elections

February 3, 2011

Pictured with Assemblyman Lavine are NYS Assembly members Jeffrey Dinowitz, Brian Kavanagh, David Weprin, Rory Lancman and Donna Lupardo.

Glen Cove New York State Assemblyman Charles Lavine recently participated in a press conference sponsored by Citizen Action of New York to raise awareness and attract support for public financing of elections. Citizen Action of New York is a good government advocacy group that promotes cleaner and fairer elections.

It has been one year since the United States Supreme Court ruled pragmatic campaign finance laws unconstitutional in the landmark case of Citizens United v Federal Election Commission. As a result, New York could potentially become the first state to allow contributions of over $100,000 to political committees. Because of a formula tied to the consumer price index, New York's contribution limits will be raised for the next campaign cycle. These new limits will allow for even more special interest money to pollute the political process.

"Extraordinarily well financed special interests, whose narrow agendas are far too often adverse to the well-being of the people of our state, will continue to exert undue and detrimental influence until such time as we can finally adopt a statewide system of public financing of elections," said Assemblyman Lavine.