Con-Con Wasn’t The Last Chance For Reform

Election attorney Jerry Goldfeder says the fight for specific constitutional reforms isn’t over yet. In the Times Union, he argues that localities and counties can make changes on their own. Among the suggested reforms, he writes:

“(T)ake, for example, the state’s egregiously high campaign contribution limits — a deserved target of good government groups and editorial boards. New York City fixed this on its own. With the imprimatur of New York’s then-Attorney General Robert Abrams, the city determined it had the authority to enact this reform for municipal elections by amending its city charter. Thus, starting in the 1980s, candidates for New York City public office have enjoyed dramatically lower contribution limits, a cap on spending in their races, and partial public funding of their campaigns. There is no reason that all other local jurisdictions cannot follow suit.”

 

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