Here’s one link to coverage of the rally to push campaign finance reform today. We’ve also posted some video and photographs – and the Labor Religion Coalition has photos, too. (Yes, I thought I was shooting video of NYSUT Executive President Andy Pallotta when he was speaking. Instead it was a photo!) Oh well, lucky for me, he gave me a copy of his remarks on why NYSUT is part of the coalition pushing for fair elections. They include:
- The voice of middle- and working-class New Yorkers, the everyday men and woman who are the heart of this state, who make it work, are being drowned out out in the current political system and that needs to change.
- Polls from across the state are showing strong support for campaign finance and election reform, meaning now is the time to push this issue over the goal line before we go through another election cycle where the voice of big money is heard louder than the voice of the people.
- The legislation this coalition supports — Assembly bill 4980-c sponsored by Speaker Silver and Senate bill 4705-a sponsored by Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins — strikes a balance on this issue.
- It sets reasonable limits on contributions and provides for increased enforcement, administration and oversight of the election process.
- The proposed changes will encourage a more diverse pool of future political candidates and provide for a more transparent election process.