Rally Against 'Legalized Bribery' (Source: Legislative Gazette)

Andrea Stewart-Cousins

June 17, 2013

Source: Legislative Gazette

Dozens of protesters donned dollar bill costumes and took to the Capitol lawn last Wednesday in the hope of getting the Fair Elections Act (S.4705-a) to the floor of the Senate before the end of the session.

The protest was comprised of several different groups including the Fair Elections for New York campaign, the anti-corruption group Represent. Us and Stamp Stampede, an organization that stamps anti-bribery messages onto dollar bills.

The campaign finance bill, sponsored by Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, passed the Assembly in early May and if passed through the Senate and signed by the governor, the law would provide for optional partial public financing of certain campaigns in the state. It has been in the Senate Elections Committee since May 7.

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