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March 12, 2020

Contact: Jake Oliver, [email protected], (347) 361-9983

Leading good government group and long-time advocate for publicly financed elections had previously urged legislature to reject the Commission’s deeply flawed proposals

To view memorandum from Citizens Union’s Board of Directors outlining the group’s position from December, click here

New York, N.Y. (March 12, 2020)— Citizens Union has issued the following statement from Executive Director Betsy Gotbaum in response to the State Supreme Court ruling the Public Campaign Financing and Election Commission unconstitutional:

“Citizens Union sincerely hopes that this ruling serves as the catalyst for the legislature to pass true campaign finance reform that empowers everyday New Yorkers, and addresses the culture of corruption in Albany. This should include including a robust matching funds program and measures to reduce the influence of big donors. The Commission’s weak recommendations would not have reached these goals, but rather would have preserved the status quo. We look forward to working with state legislators and our fellow good government advocates to pass meaningful reform, along the line we recommended in our December statement.”

For follow up, please contact Jake Oliver at Anat Gerstein, Inc. at
[email protected] or 347-361-9983

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