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Group Letter Re May 7 Hearing

Group Letter Re May 7 Hearing

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Letter to New York state senators asking to testify at hearing looking at New York City's public campaign financing system.
Letter to New York state senators asking to testify at hearing looking at New York City's public campaign financing system.

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 May 3, 2013Senator Thomas F. O’Mara, Chair Senator Diane Savino New York Senate Standing Committee on Elections New York State Capitol Building172 State StreetAlbany, NY 12247
 Re: Public Hearing “To examine the abuses within New York City’s taxpayer funded  political campaign system and the implications for state taxpayers if the systemwere to be expanded statewide”
Dear Senators O’Mara and Savino:We write on behalf of the Brennan Center for Justice at N.Y.U. School of Law, the Center for Working Families, Citizen Action of New York, Common Cause/New York, and NYPIRG torequest that we be permitted to testify at the public hearing on New York City’s public campaignsystem that the Elections Committee will hold at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013.In the public announcement for this hearing, Senator O’Mara rightly noted that “it’s important to be as deliberate and as thorough as possible in examining the potential benefits and pitfalls of”comprehensive campaign finance reform, and that “the New York City experience with publicfinancing deserves a close look before implementing” a similar system at the state level.We could not agree more. Our organizations have studied campaign finance systems in NewYork City, New York State, and across the country, and are widely recognized as experts onissues relating to money in politics and public corruption. In particular, our groups haveextensively studied the impact that New York City’s 25-year-old campaign finance system hashad on the rampant and systemic corruption that pervaded the City in the 1980s. And we have been active in advocating for New York State to respond to the recent wave of corruption

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