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TV ad for campaign finance reform

By Lombardo David
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The group Fair Elections for New York has taken its message to your television set.

Below you can watch the 30-second ad, which is titled, "Listen to Us."

"Every day new Yorkers just aren't being heard," says the ad narrator, who calls for limiting political contributions and matching small contributions.

The group held an event on Tuesday evening in Albany where proponents of campaign finance reform spoke up for the cause. The event included Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, who emerged last fall as the champion of this movement.

Also speaking Tuesday was Assemblyman Phil Steck, D-Colonie, who stressed that democracy only works when the players are on equal footing.

“We cannot have a system in which more money means more access," he said in a statement from the event. "That is why we need a system of public financing of campaigns in which small donations from the grassroots give access to broader use of public funds. We need this to preserve the integrity of our system, especially in light of decisions like Citizens United, which equates corporations to human beings, a concept which the Founders of this nation would easily have recognized as a fallacy."

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