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Ivette Alfonso, president of Citizen Action of New York and co chair of its Capital District chapter, said with three legislators retiring (Canestrari announced his departure Tuesday), if the financing of elections continues down the same path, then the average citizen has no chance of holding public office.
Troy City Councilwoman Nina Nichols, D At Large, was also on hand at the press conference and said elections are no longer by or for the people if corporations are underwriting most of the campaigns on each side of the aisle.
we can assure that people who are good candidates, who will be committed to our community, who have the passion to make change (that) they will then be able to do that because they won't be beholden to big money interests and to corporations who, and let's face it, the main reasons they finance campaigns is so they can continue their corporate loopholes."
support of setting up a publicly financed Fair Elections system and requested both Sen. Roy McDonald, R Saratoga, and Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari, D Cohoes, support their efforts.
"There are a lot of worthy people who are doing very good work, however, they don't have a chance to run because of the money issue," Alfonso said. "We have to really take back those elections, make them voter owned elections, so that Adidas 16.2 Boots
"Politicians that are running in New York State have to raise thousands and millions of dollars (from) CEO campaign contributors (and) corporations in order to run for office and get elected," said Mark Emanatian, community organizer for Citizen Action. "We're here to say we need a new system of Fair Elections where common people can be involved in politics."
"The current election rules push New Yorkers who are not wealthy, who are less connected, further to the margins, leaving them virtually no path to meaningful participation in the electoral system," Nichols said.
Both groups held a press conference Tuesday to announce their Puma Evospeed Rugby Boots
Citing a new study released by Common Cause New York, Emanatian detailed the contributions given to both Canestrari and McDonald, both of whom represented Rensselaer County, from 2008 through January 2012. Emanatian, while not criticizing either of Adidas Football Boots Images the legislators for his political ideology, said both of them received a smaller number of contributions from residents within their districts than from those out of them, or even outside of New York State.
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According to the study, out of 1,413 donors, the total number of contributions McDonald's campaign has received from donors within his county came to 15 percent, while 67.5 percent from out of the district and 14.7 percent from out of state. Of McDonald's $1,595,733.82 in contributions, 57 percent was donated by either corporations or organizations.
69.1 percent came from outside the district and 13.6 percent came from out of state. Donations from corporations and organizations comprised 86.9 percent of the contributions.
Canestrari received a total of 1,149 contributions amounting to $657,401 in cash. According to the study, only 9.1 percent of those contributions came from within his district, while Adidas Ace 17.3 Primemesh
TROY With election season on the horizon, there has been plenty of discussion about the disparity between the rich and the poor. Members of both Citizen Action of New York and Common Cause New York have an idea of what steps can be taken to close that gap.
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