In the News: Campaign Finance Reform Benefits Women (Source:

Andrea Stewart-Cousins

March 24, 2014

New York state is on the cusp of making history — and that's a good thing for women.

Earlier this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo included a proposal for the public financing of state elections in his budget. The plan creates a system where public funds match citizens' small campaign contributions to reduce the influence of big money in politics.

Supporters of publicly financed elections have expressed many of the potential benefits of this measure, such as reduced public corruption, a more efficient and functional Legislature, and so on. But one clear, concrete and often overlooked benefit to comprehensive campaign finance reform is the likelihood that more women will be elected to office

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