Campaign Laws Need Fixing
Thanks to Frank Gerace for his thoughtful letter to the Editor of the Wave (February 14th) in which he expressed his concern about our country's campaign system and the need for political reform. Last year, both the New York State Legislature and Congress failed to pass a Fair Election Act that would have helped to counteract corruption and the influence of bigmoney contributions to candidates for office.
But those who support campaign finance reform should not give up. How long did it take for women to get the right to vote? How long did it take to abolish slavery? Or to end child labor? Fortunately, Governor Cuomo has not given up hope. In his new budget for 2014, he has included provisions for public financing of election campaigns and he is supported by many legislators, including Rockaway's Assemblyman Philip Goldfeder and State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr.
In the House of Representatives, a new bipartisan Fair Elections bill has been introduced by Nancy Pelosi, former Speaker of the House, and John Sarbanes from Maryland. This bill calls for a campaign finance system similar to the one we have in New York City where small-dollar donations are pooled and backed by public financing to counteract the huge contributions by powerful corporations and superwealthy individuals.
Polls have shown that the vast majority of Americans agree that America’s election system needs fixing. It's time for this vast majority to speak up and to demand fair elections. Thanks, again, to Frank Gerace for his support of efforts to end corruption in government and the influence of powerful and super-wealthy corporations and individuals.