Money in Politics
Big money has long dominated our elections, and the problem has only gotten worse after the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling in 2010, which paved the way for unlimited amounts of corporate money in our elections.
Common Cause/NY is working for campaign finance reforms that will help bring government back to the people by reducing the influence of wealthy special interests, expanding public funding of campaigns and encouraging campaigns to seek funding from a broader base of small contributors. Our research reports help illuminate the extent of this problem.
Common Cause/NY believes that the most fundamental right granted to a citizen of our democracy is the right to vote and have that vote counted. While much has been done to improve voting rights in recent decades, significant barriers remain for lawful citizens wishing to register, vote for the candidate of their choice, and ensure their votes are counted.
It’s a scandal that New York’s elections are often run for the benefit of the politicians and not the voters. Our voter registration, Election Day hotline, and poll watching apparatus, help all New Yorkers access their fundamental right to vote.
Congressional, state and local districts should be drawn every 10 years to reflect population changes. When legislators draw district lines to prioritize incumbent and partisan interests, voters lose. Election outcomes are rigged and voters have little voice in choosing our representatives. New York State has many egregious examples of distorted district maps drawn by legislators to ensure that they remain in office.
Common Cause/NY is working to improve the redistricting process in New York through public dialogue and by drawing the only set of fair, non-partisan redistricting maps for all of New York State. We are committed to showing the public that there are valid alternative to politically gerrymandered maps. Our maps provide an example of what districts could look like if they were designed to eliminate partisan and incumbent bias.
Common Cause/NY works on a host of other issues in support of open, honest, and accountable government at all levels; including:
- Ethics and Corruption
- Transparency, Accountability, & Effectiveness of Government
- Media and Democracy