Friday, June 1, 2012
Lancman promises not to take corporate donations
From Forest Hills Patch:
Assemblyman Rory Lancman, D-Hillcrest, stood in front of a Rego Park Mobil station on Tuesday to decry the influx of corporate money that has saturated campaigns across the country.
“Ordinary Americans are being fleeced and cheated out of their right to participate in our democracy on an equal basis,” Lancman said. “They are priced out of the political process by the ability of corporations to make these enormous political contributions.”
The candidate pointed to a gas station marquee behind his podium, indicating gas as expensive as $4.50 per gallon, and said he believed it was unconscionable that the country’s most profitable industry was also getting the most aggressive tax subsidies.
Lancman, when asked, pledged not to accept donations from “Big Oil,” Wall Street or other moneyed interests, adding that caveat that he didn’t believe he’d have the opportunity to reject those funds, because they likely wouldn’t be forthcoming.
“I would not accept money from the Exxon-Mobil’s of the world, I don’t know why they’d be interested in giving me money, and I certainly wouldn’t be interested in taking it,” he said.