Sen. Joseph Robach, R-Greece, Monroe County, introduced legislation Friday that would limit how much candidates for the state Legislature could spend on campaigns.
“I just think this is a very sensible, logical approach to really putting less money into political campaigning and forcing more of it into grassroots activity and not relying on media,” Robach said today. “I always felt that was the way to go.”
“If we have to use tax dollars, they expect us to use it on education, health care, economic development, road and bridges – not on campaigns,” said Robach, a Democrat-turned-Republican.
Robach has run among the most costly campaigns over the past decade, including one in
2010 2008 against former Sen. Richard Dollinger, D-Brighton, Monroe County. Robach won easily.
The bill does not yet an Assembly sponsor. Robach said he doesn’t know if the Senate leadership, particularly Republican Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County, supports it.
And Robach dismissed a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that states can’t limit spending, saying that states put limits on how much can be raised, so why can’t they limit spending too.