2002 – September

Real Campaign Reform? An Analysis of George Pataki, H. Carl McCall and Tom Golisano’s Campaign Reform Proposals (click to download PDF)

It is clear that New York’s electoral system is deeply flawed. Many incumbent legislators go unchallenged year after year, and every ten years partisan redistricting allows incumbents to become even more entrenched. We see countless fundraisers throughout the legislative session, a pay-to-play system where many private corporations and individuals receiving contracts and development funds from the state are also campaign contributors, and numerous other dubious fundraising practices which are perfectly legal under standing law in New York. But possibly the most egregious flaw in our electoral system is the contribution limits for campaign donations.