By Josh Silver of Represent.Us:
“Today, 100s of volunteers from Albany and Western Massachusetts descended upon the NY State Capitol to make a bold statement in support of the New York Fair Elections Coalition. They’ve been fighting tirelessly to push the Fair Elections Act through the New York Legislature. If they succeed, it would set a national anti-corruption precedent and bolster our movement, so a group of Represent.Us volunteers and staff joined the action in Albany.”
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It’s great that more and more people and coalitions are working to throw a spotlight on corruption at all levels of government in America today. And certainly Albany represents one of the most corrupt state capitals in recent memory. The Amendment Gazette and the New York State delegation of the Move to Amend coalition support efforts to enact campaign finance reform in NY State.
However, we are under no illusion that this will be the big fix everyone is looking for. In fact, as have gone recent Supreme Court rulings on Arizona and Montana anti-corruption regulations, we expect that these reforms will be challenged in federal court where, in all likelihood, they will be overturned either by an appeals court operating under the precedents established in the Citizens United ruling in 2010 and in the McCutcheon v. FEC decision expected later this term, or by the Supreme Court itself, should it have to go that far.
This doesn’t mean supporting the Fair Elections Act in New York is either a waste of time or an unworthy endeavor. On the contrary, if the Fair Elections Act is enacted and subsequently overturned in federal court, the example of repeated interference of the will of the people by the judiciary will only add fuel to our movement and grow it even faster. If, however, the law is allowed to stand without challenge or is upheld in federal court, it will serve as a guide to other states in achieving what modest reforms are possible under the current Supreme Court interpretation of the First Amendment. And those reforms could enable the election of even more reform-minded representatives dedicated to breaking the stranglehold corporations have on the electoral process across America.
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