|For Immediate Release
December 2, 2013
Contact: Shaun Marie
Adoption of Public Campaign Financing Allows Corruption
Brooklyn, NY – The majority of elected officials are genuinely involved in the political process to help make our lives easier and better; some believe government should be the vehicle and some believe that government is the problem. The Conservative Party believes that the foundation of America, with little government intervention, has produced the most advanced technology to make the world a better place in its short history, is the vehicle that works the best.
Requiring taxpayers to fund campaigns they do not support is an affront to the core of America’s foundation and stifles the genuine competition that has produced some of the world’s greatest leaders. Public campaign financing is currently required in New York City and the results are horrendous. Much of the taxpayer money is used for fringe candidates or even straw candidates who run campaigns designed to keep the incumbent in office.
The Moreland Commission is said to be considering public campaign financing as a way to curb corruption in Albany. Corruption expands when public taxpayers’ dollars are used to fund political campaigns. The Center for Competitive Politics issued a report in September 2011 that examined public campaign financing in Maine, Arizona and New York City. The report stated in its executive summary that ” The abuse of public funds is so severe and the record of corrupt practices and other misdeeds are so rampant, particularly in the city of New York, that such a system cannot possibly live up to the “clean” moniker that has been assigned to it by proponents. The system does not deter either corruption or the appearance of corruption.”
The hypocrisy of the Moreland Commission Members to consider requiring a corrupt system to end the corruption in Albany is mindboggling. It proves once again that government trying to micromanage every detail will not only fail, it will leave citizens not trusting the very entity that is supposed to protect us.
Governor Andrew Cuomo is being disingenuous to New York citizens. After accepting $750,000 from George Soros (a strong supporter of public campaign financing) for campaign ads supporting his NY SAFE Act, and raising almost $27.8 million (from people akin to George and Jonathan Soros) for his upcoming re-election campaign, and then says to New York’s taxpayers, public financing of campaigns is good for New Yorkers.
The New York State Conservative Party firmly believes that candidates must present their ideas to the people. When people learn what a candidate stands for, they will invest their money in the candidate that reflects their own principles. Taxpayers must not be forced to invest in candidates that do not reflect their values. Full and complete disclosure is the only way to have honest campaigns and honest campaigns weeds out corruption.