Moreland Monday is organized by the Fair Elections New York Campaign to highlight failings of the state’s campaign finance system that are worthy of further inquiry and investigation by the Moreland Commission that was empaneled to investigation corruption and problems and other problems stemming from the way New York elections are funded.
It’s time Albany finally returns to government of, by, and for the people – not government bought and paid for by the special interests. As long as politicians are accountable to the corporations and lobbyists who finance their campaigns, they’re never going to be accountable to the people who elected them.
Ordinary New Yorkers should have their voices heard. We should replace corporate-funded elections withFair Elections. We need to put elections back in the hands of ordinary New Yorkers. Politicians should work for us, not their special interest sponsors.
The campaign for Fair Elections for New York is focused on four key goals, enumerated by Governor Cuomo in his State of the State Address:
- Public Financing of Elections – establishing a voluntary system to empower small donors by matching their contributions with public money, similar to NYC’s successful system.
- Lower Contribution Limits – bringing New York State’s sky-high contribution limits down to reasonable levels.
- Ending Pay-to-Play – saving public dollars by preventing contributions and bundling by contractors and lobbyists from influencing decisions about state business.
- Stronger Enforcement and Transparency – ensuring that our laws are enforced in a fair, effective and timely manner, and that public matching funds are appropriately disbursed.
Learn more at Fair Elections for New York.