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Dead on Arrival? Breathing Life into Suffolk County's New Campaign Finance Reforms

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Publication Date: June 2002

Publisher(s): Center for Governmental Studies (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Author(s): Paul S. Ryan

Funder(s): Carnegie Corporation of New York

Funder(s): Carnegie Corporation of New York

Special Collection: CGS

Topic: Politics (Campaigns, lobbying, and pressure groups)

Keywords: Public Financing

Type: Report

Coverage: New York


Report closely examines the public financing law in New York's Suffolk County. The CGS report found that, if properly funded, the County's campaign finance law could slow runaway campaign spending, reduce the undue influence of wealthy donors and amplify the political voice of individuals. But the current funding base for the program is so insufficient that, unless changes are implemented, the system is dead on arrival.