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Coalition wants public funding of state elections

A coalition of progressive organizations planned to call for campaign finance reform focused on public financing of New York State elections during a news conference scheduled for this morning outside the Erie County Board of Elections on Eagle Street.

Citizen Action, the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York, the Coalition for Economic Justice and other local groups are calling for an end to “corporate-funded elections.” They were to be joined by State Sen. Timothy M. Kennedy, D-Buffalo, and Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo.

The organizations are focused on four aspects of campaign finance reform: establishing a voluntary system of public financing of elections by matching small donor contributions with public money; lowering campaign contribution limits; ending “pay-to-play” by preventing contributions and bundling by contractors and lobbyists; and improving oversight by ensuring that laws are enforced in a fair, effective and timely manner.