Two WNY State Senators voice support to campaign finance proposal
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Two state senators from Western New York are voicing their support for Governor Cuomo's Fair Elections campaign finance reform proposal.
Senator Tim Kennedy and Senator-elect Ted O'Brien from Rochester area made the announcement at a press conference Tuesday.
They say the proposal is a voluntary measure that would allow those running for office in the state to receive only small donations and public funding for campaigns.
Both say the measure would reduce the influence of big campaign contributors on state elections.
"Approving campaign finance reform will go a long way in leveling the playing field by ensuring corporations don't have undue influence over the will of the people in the electoral process," said Kennedy, (D).
Kennedy and O'Brien say studies show that publicly funded campaigns would cost about $2 per New Yorker per year.