Malliotakis comes out against Silver’s public campaign finance scheme

This just in, a release from Assemblymember Malliotakis:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Paul Marrone, 718-987-0197 (office), 917-612-8656 (cell)

Email: marronp@assembly.state.ny.us

April 16, 2013

MALLIOTAKIS RESPONDS TO SPEAKER SILVER’S PUBLIC CAMPAIGN FINANCING PROPOSAL

In response to Speaker Silver’s proposal to bring matching public funds to state legislative elections, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island) issued the following statement:

At a time when people are out of work, underpaid and overtaxed, the concept of using taxpayer dollars to fund political campaigns, at an estimated cost of $200 million, is an absolute disgrace. Just two weeks ago, the legislature passed a budget that cut programs for the developmentally disabled by $90 million, claiming that the state couldn’t afford to continue them. What kind of message are we sending by putting political gain ahead of support for our most vulnerable citizens?

Campaign finance laws in New York are in shambles, but a sure way to make it worse would be to rob hard-earned taxpayer money to support this broken system. We must focus on removing the corrosive influence of money from politics, such as ending unlimited contributions to housekeeping accounts, rather than breaking the backs of taxpayers to fund this shell game. In the past, I voted against a proposal for matching public funds in the race for Office of the Comptroller, and I will continue to be a vocal opponent of taxpayer-financed political campaigns.

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