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State Senate GOP opposes public funds for campaigns

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ALBANY — The bold proposal by New York's anti-corruption commission to use public money to fund political campaigns hasn't boosted the likelihood that will happen.

New York's Senate Republican conference remains opposed to using taxpayer money to fund statewide campaigns.

Meanwhile, Democrats and good-government advocates continue their strong support of the reform. It which would create a voluntary matching fund for statewide candidates. Democrats say the system would limit the influence of big donors.

The Moreland Commission report includes several other measures that could be negotiated between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature. But variations of several of those proposals previously failed to gain legislative approval.

Senate Republican spokesman Scott Reif says the change in campaign financing would divert resources need for schools and to cut taxes.

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