April 24, 2012
NO TAX DOLLARS FOR POLITICAL GAIN
In response to legislation introduced today to bring matching public funds to state legislative elections, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R C–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 for political gain is an absolute disgrace. 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 rather than breaking the backs of taxpayers to fund this shell game. Last year, I voted against a proposal for matching public funds in the race for Office of the Comptroller, and I am prepared to once again vote against any measure that attempts to fund political campaigns with the hard-earned money of my constituents.