|For Immediate Release
May 9, 2007
212.227.0342 ext. 16
STATEMENT by DICK DADEY
Executive Director of Citizens Union
Calling Upon Elected Officials to Publicly Disclose Their
Enact Campaign Finance Reform
May 9, 2007
New Yorkers have grown
tired of the way in which special interests affect their
state government and want to end the undue influence money
has on campaigns, candidates, and elected officials.
this fog of discussion about campaign finance reform,
New Yorkers lack knowing where their elected officials
on the important issues that are driving this debate. Just
as candidates have to disclose who their contributors are,
it is now time for all of our state’s 214 elected
officials to speak up and disclose where they stand on
issues involving campaign finance reform.
To put every
elected official on the record, Citizens Union, in working
with its good government colleagues, specifically
NYPIRG, will contact individual state legislators over
the next two weeks and ask them to tell us - and their
- where they stand on reforming the state’s campaign
finance laws. At the appropriate time in the very near
future, we will release our findings to the public.
ask the legislators not to duck the questions and hide,
but rather to show their cards and share their
on some very specific elements of this debate. Their
constituents would welcome this level of openness and
Among the questions we will
1. Do they support
significantly lowering campaign contribution limits
from individuals and PACS to candidates
committees, and if so to what level?
2. Do they support
banning or severely restricting institutional contributions
from LLCs, partnerships,
unions, and corporations?
3. Do they support placing
a limit on soft money contributions?
4. Do they support
requiring greater disclosure of information in matters
like the names of donors’ employers, the
itemization of large campaign expenses, the
names and amount raised by those who solicit gifts on
and adding a reporting period in April during
the legislative session?
5. Do they support strengthening
the enforcement power of the state board of elections
penalties the board can assign for violations?
Do they support adding a fifth member to the
state board of elections which could
level of non
partisan independence to the administration
of our elections?
The moment for strong
leadership and meaningful action on campaign finance
reform has arrived,
and New Yorkers
to know where their elected officials
stand. The voters know where the Governor stands.
the legislators stand. But many are still
hiding. Enacting meaningful campaign
is about ensuring
that the impact of special interests
do not trump the public’s
interest. The public is waiting for answers.
all happen overnight, but important changes
must be enacted now.
Citizens Union of the City of New York, a
non-partisan force for good government for more
than 100 years, works to inform and engage New
Yorkers, to ensure local and state government
values its citizens, addresses critical issues,
and operates in a fair, open, and fiscally sound