citizens to show their political support without being shaken down for unlimited donations,and close the “housekeeping” loophole which allows unlimited contributions of soft money.
We should close the LLC loophole by treating LLCs as corporations rather than individuals,and treat contributions from non-political accounts of affiliated unions, LLCs, LLPs, andcorporations as coming from a single source. Finally, we must protect against “pay-to-play”by reducing contribution limits for lobbyists and contractors doing business with the state,and by declining to provide public matching funds for contributions by lobbyists andcontractors.
Disclosure of campaign contributions and political expenditures.
As a result of the
decision, tens of millions of dollars in political spending are hidden frompublic view. Transparency is an essential principle of free and competitive markets. The riseof Super PACs during the 2012 election cycle makes this reform even more urgent. Weshould require disclosure, including names and addresses of employers, from bundlers.Having worked on these issues for many years, we understand that getting Albany to adopt comprehensive campaign finance reform is no easy task. But your commission, specificallyestablished to serve as an independent and forceful voice for restoring public trust in government,can help make it possible by including in your report a bold and declarative set of proposed actionsin support of campaign finance reform to be taken up and passed by the legislature upon theirreturn. Not including a bold prescription for campaign finance reform will almost certainly allowpoliticians in Albany to continue to ignore the public call for change.Please let us know how we can be of assistance in the coming weeks and months.Sincerely,Laura Ladd Bierman, Executive Director
League of Women Voters of New York StateDick Dadey, Executive Director Citizens UnionRuss Haven, Esq., Legislative Counsel New York Public Interest Research Group, Inc.Susan Lerner, Executive Director Common Cause New York Lawrence Norden, Deputy Director,Democracy ProgramBrennan Center for JusticeBill Mahoney, Research Coordinator New York Public Interest Research Group, Inc.