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Working Families, Conservative parties criticize new campaign rules

Dec 03, 2019 12:11 am
Nick Reisman reports at New York State of Politics that the Working Families Party and the Conservative Party usually do not agree on much. But both are against new campaign rules in New York mandating parties receive 130,000 votes or two percent of turnout at the top of its ticket every two years to stay on the ballot. Both parties could be eliminated by the plan. “The Public Financing Commission’s report makes clear that the Governor’s principle motivation was to weaken the Working Families Party: there is no other reason to raise the threshold for third parties a full four years before public financing begins,” said New York Working Families Party Director Bill Lipton. The Conservative Party criticized the public funding part of the new campaign rules. “If you hate campaign robocalls now, wait till you’re paying for them yourself,” said Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar. “And you will be, ring, ring – $100 million worth every four years – if Governor Cuomo’s boondoggle of a taxpayer matching fund plan is allowed to stand." Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.
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