Tompkins County, NY In Support of Public Financing of Campaigns

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Tompkins County, NY, US

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Type: Resolution

Status: Motion adopted on 2/5/04 (The County Legislature adopted the resolution 2 weeks later.)

Vote: In Favor - 3 Opposed - 2

Source File: http://www.co.tompkins.ny.us/legislature/committee/cca/02-05-04.html

Text:

CONSUMER AND COMMUNITY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
RESOLUTION NO. - URGING ADOPTION OF PUBLIC FINANCING OF CAMPAIGNS FOR STATEWIDE OFFICE IN NEW YORK

WHEREAS, access to wealth can be a major criterion for candidacy and wealth can be a major determinant of a citizen's influence in the political process, and

WHEREAS, a candidate should have a fair chance at winning office based on his/her ideas and integrity rather than how much money can be raised, and

WHEREAS, legislation has been introduced in both the New York State Senate and Assembly to address these issues, and

WHEREAS the "Clean Money Clean Elections" bill (A34530-A, S3440) creates a public fund for candidates who refuse private money in their campaigns for statewide offices, and

WHEREAS, the Clean Money Clean Elections bill would enhance democracy by eliminating the deleterious influence of money in the political process, and

WHEREAS, Clean Money Clean Elections would level the playing field to give qualified citizens without access to big money a fair chance, and

WHEREAS, Clean Money Clean Elections would stop the endless money chase so that candidates are free of the constant need to raise money and those elected have more time to serve the public interest rather than constantly raising funds for their next campaign, now therefore be it

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Consumer and Community Affairs Committee, That the Tompkins County Legislature urges the New York State Legislature to enact legislation like the Clean Money Clean Elections bill in order to break the hold moneyed interests have over the electoral and legislative processes of government,

RESOLVED, further, That this resolution be sent directly to the state representatives whose districts fall within any portion of Tompkins County and to the leadership and relevant Committee Chairs in both the New York State Assembly and Senate.

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