2014-02-21 / Letters

Campaign Laws Need Fixing

Dear Sir,

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.


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Couldn't agree more with Ruth

Couldn't agree more with Ruth and Frank that there is terrible waste and corruption and fraud among Albany politicians. It's awful, it's terrible, it's disgusting...and we can all look no further than Rockaway's own Malcolm Smith, and - even worse - the actual Leader of the State Assembly, Sheldon Silver... disgusting his cover-ups, his payoffs, his forever feuding and fighting and stalling and watering down the Governor's proposals. But how does public campaign financing help? It doesn't, it hurts. You don't think the crooks, or any would-be crooks, won't maneuver themselves to get public money to run, so that they can steal public money after they're elected. In fact public campaign financing is an open invite... hey, all you con artists, crooks, malfeasers: come to the public trough... it won't cost U a dime to get in, and then there is OPEN-HOUSE up there in Albany because 'Shelly' Silver just doesn't care, and he will protect U. Public Financing of Campaigns is a terrible idea. It is, though, your typical lib response to an issue... throw public money at a problem!!! My idea: Anybody caught with their hands in the public till losses all benefits, all pensions, and if they have a license to practice law, they lose it... an engineering license, they lose it...a license to do accounting work (CPA), they lose it. MAKE THEM PAY FOR THEIR TRANSGRESSIONS AGINST THE PEOPLE! Best...PJS

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