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Governor Cuomo needs to step up and lead the fight for public financing of elections in New York.

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The petition to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reads:

"Governor Cuomo: The recent corruption scandals in New York demonstrate the urgent need to end the corrupting influence of money in politics. If you’re serious about supporting public financing of elections, lead the way by demanding that the legislature pass public financing legislation immediately.”

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    Governor Cuomo needs to step up and lead the fight for public financing of elections in New York.

    Governor Andrew Cuomo has pledged his support for public financing of elections. But even after two huge corruption scandals have rocked New York, it looks like he's stepping back rather than stepping up.

    If nothing else, what these scandals have taught us is that we have a systemic problem that requires a systemic solution to root out the culture of corruption and take back our democracy. What we need is campaign finance reform, including public financing of elections.

    But rather than seizing the moment and leading the fight to pass public financing, Gov. Cuomo instead expressed pessimism that it would pass.

    The Governor wields tremendous power in Albany. And if he wants to show us that he’s serious about public financing of elections, he needs to wield that power to push this legislation over the finish line.

    Tell Gov. Cuomo: Demand the legislature pass public financing right away.

    First State Senator Malcolm Smith was arrested along with City Councilman Dan Halloran and a number of others for an alleged bribery scheme.

    Halloran was secretly recorded on tape saying, among other things, “You can’t do anything without the f---ing money. Money is what greases the wheels…” and “Not about whether or will, it’s about how much, and that’s our politicians in New York, they’re all like that. And they get like that because of the drive that the money does for everything else.”

    As if that wasn’t enough to demonstrate the deeply corrupting influence of money on our political system, just a few days later Assemblyman Eric Stevenson was arrested for taking $20,000 in bribes.

    This creates an incredibly potent atmosphere to push for public financing of elections. But we need the governor to be a leader and a fighter. What he does in the wake of these scandals will tell us whether his support is anything more than lip service.

    Tell Gov. Cuomo: Demand the legislature pass public financing right away.