Rivertowns Women Voters Tackle Election Finance Reform

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The Rivertowns League of Women voters take on election campaign finance reform in a symposium at Mercy College. Photo Credit: League of Women Voters

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. - The League of Women Voters of the Rivertowns will rally in support of campaign finance reform with a public forum Jan.27.

The League's "Democracy for Sale: A Case for Fair Elections in New York State" symposium will be moderated by Rivertowns Chapter President Lindsay Feinberg and will include panelists from Common Cause, the Brennan Center for Justice, the New York State League of Women Voters, and Demos, a nonpartisan organization advocating election reform. It will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at Mercy College.

According to the Federal Election Commission data, President Barak Obama's campaign spent $985 million in the 2012 campaign, while Republican candidate Mitt Romney's campaign spent $992 million.

Several public policy groups support  Gov. Andrew Cuomo's intention to support public financing in New York State. Some are backing Cuomo's fair elections initiative, which is patterned after the New York City model of public financing with its system of matching funds.

According to the LOWV, recent research shows that voters overwhelmingly view the nation's electoral system as broken and in need of change.

Mercy College is located at 555 Broadway (Route 9) in Dobbs Ferry.

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