Empowered Democrats not so enamored of reforming campaign finance
Critics like to say there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between Democrats and Republicans. They exaggerate. Often, the difference is more like a nickel – or maybe even a penny.
Case in point: State Democrats’ decision to stall on public funding of campaigns, which ostensibly was one of the party’s bedrock issues. At least it was at campaign time when they needed progressives’ support – and when they felt confident it had no chance of actually passing in a Republican-controlled Senate.
But now that Democrats manage all three branches of state government, they suddenly don’t seem so gung-ho on
public funding of campaigns to even the playing field between incumbents (in other words, themselves) and challengers. Nor are they as eager to alleviate the need to hock themselves to the highest-bidding lobbyist or ensure that public policy is based on the public interest instead of special interests.
Instead of simply using their power to enact the public funding system they have advocated for decades, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Legislature Democrats created a commission, which typically is where good ideas go to die.
Remember the Moreland Commission, which was