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Gov. Cuomo to tout public financing of campaigns


Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo told liberal groups Monday that he will try to force a system of public financing of campaigns in New York through the executive budget he will unveil Tuesday.

Last week more than a dozen groups led by the Working Families Party, which is influential in Democratic politics, urged Cuomo to use his extensive budget powers to overcome opposition by Senate Republicans, according to the groups' letter first reported by Newsday.

"By including public financing of elections in the budget, Governor Cuomo has demonstrated national leadership," Karen Scharff of the Fair Elections for New York coalition said Monday. "The governor is showing he is serious about cleaning up Albany and fixing our broken political system. Public financing...| read more ››