Unshackle Upstate opposes public campaign financing

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Senate Republicans are hosting a hearing starting at 11 a.m. today about proposals to start public financing of campaigns in New York and plans to poke holes in the New York City system.

Democrats and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, along with good-government groups and unions, want a public-financing system similar to New York City, saying it would thwart the power of big money in politics.

Republicans said taxpayer money should not be used to fund campaigns, saying the New York City has been rife with abuse.

Unshackle Upstate, the Rochester-based business group, agreed in its written testimony provided to Senate Elections Committee chairman Thomas O’Mara.

“The majority of taxpayers in Upstate New York do not support the state using their hard-earned tax dollars to pay for political activities, especially at a time when the state is cutting back on the services it provides. Nor can Unshackle Upstate support such a proposal,” the testimony reads.

You can watch the hearing here.

Senate Elections Committee Public Hearing – Draft Testimony v4 by jspector

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