Friday, June 14, 2013

The push for fair election funding

From the NY Post:

Rich liberal actors are demanding that Albany use state money to help pay for political campaigns.

In interviews released yesterday by the Fair Elections for New York Campaign, Alec Baldwin, Kathleen Turner, Jason Alexander of “Seinfeld” and Kathryn Erbe of “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” urged lawmakers to pass campaign-finance reform before adjourning for the summer.

“I’m Alec Baldwin with a message for politicians in New York,” said Baldwin, who has toyed with the idea of running for mayor. “It’s time to stop talking about cleaning up Albany, and start doing it.”

Turner in her video says, “I can’t believe the stories I hear coming out of Albany today. State legislators patting each other down for wires . . . Isn’t that embarrassing?”

Actually, that wasn't state legislators. That was Vince Tabone who patted down an FBI informant, who actually was wearing a wire. And yes, that was very embarrassing. Mostly for Tabone.


Anonymous said...

Didn't Malcolm Smith teach you ANYthing? The only fair public funding is ZERO public funding. It only corrupts. Folks treat it like funny money. They do funny things with it.

Anonymous said...

Since the airwaves belong to the public, why no just have a franking privilege that allows candidates free airtime for the two weeks before the campaign. Actually giving these crooks any money, however, is an invitation for disaster.

Anonymous said...

"Since the airwaves belong to the public"

You are right on target.
The best way to do this is via the FCC which grants licenses for the airwaves.

Not sure it would work for cable channels.

Anonymous said...

The airwaves idea was actually proposed by Brit Hume decades ago.