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Big fundraiser set for champion of publicly financed elections

A champion of publicly financed election is scheduled to receive some large private contributions.

The Senate Democrats will be hosting a fundraiser for Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, on March 4. The smallest donation to get into the Albany event is $250 a person.

The complete invitations is available below.

New York State Republican Communications Director David Laska immediately seized on the scheduled fundraiser.

"Once again, CeCe Tkaczyk is setting the bar high when it comes to hypocrisy," he said in a statement. "After all, she did run an entire campaign centered around getting money out of politics and then let George Soros' son and the other forces of the extreme left pay for everything. We understand she is one of the most vulnerable members of the State Senate, but we didn't expect her to abandon her self-professed principles quite so soon."

Tkaczyk spokesman Jim Plastiras said, "Instead of making ridiculous political attacks, the Republicans should join Senator Tkaczyk in fighting for real campaign finance reform."

During her battle with former Assemblyman George Amedore, R-Rotterdam, Tkaczyk's campaign repeatedly seized on the fact that their opponent was largely financed by downstate business interests. Her campaign received most of its donations locally, but about half a million was spent on Tkaczyk's behalf by advocates of publicly financed elections.

Jonathan Soros, co-founder of Friends of Democracy, a group that supported Tkaczyk, said her win was "an unmistakable mandate to work to change the broken campaign finance laws that have shut out the voices of regular New Yorkers."

In response to Tkaczyk's victory, the group Citizen Action proclaimed it was a "victory" for publicly financed elections.

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