Democracy For Sale: A Case for Fair Elections in New York State

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: The Community Church of New York
40 East 35th Street
(Park and Madison Avenues)

Demos invites you to hear Demos President Miles Rapoport, former Secretary of the State of Connecticut and longtime democracy advocate, speak at a Symposium for Fair Elections in New York. With Governor Andrew Cuomo's support for public financing, and with public opinion overwhelmingly in favor of electoral reform, now is the time to talk about how New York State can benefit from the highly successful public campaign financing model used by New York City. Other speakers at this event include Barbara Bartoletti, New York State League of Women Voters Legislative Director; Michael Malbin, Campaign Finance Institute's Executive Director; Lawrence Norden, Deputy Director of The Brennan Center's Democracy Program and Sean Eldridge, Founder of Protect Our Democracy. The discussion will be moderated by Vered Mallon, League of Women Voters Board Member and Campaign Finance Reform Committee Chair.

Money in politics continues to undermine citizens' confidence in our democracy. Demos' work advances a "money out, people in" democracy reform agenda, because we believe that fixing the problem of money in politics is essential to growing the middle class. Americans agree: An analysis of a recent poll found that eight out of ten American voters agree that corporate political spending drowns out the voices of average Americans and has made politics more negative at both the federal and state levels. Please join us for a discussion of restoring a broken system.

With:

Barbara Bartoletti,
New York State League of Women Voters, Legislative Director
 
Michael Malbin,
Campaign Finance Institute, Executive Director
 
Lawrence Norden,
The Brennan Center, Deputy Director Democracy Program
 
Miles Rapoport,
President of Demos
 
Sean Eldridge,
Founder of Protect Our Democracy
 

Moderator:

Vered Mallon,
League of Women Voters Board Member, Campaign Finance Reform Committee Chair
Co-sponsored by The League of Women Voters New York City, The Brennan Center For Justice at New York University and Demos. Program underwritten by The Brennan Center  
 

Please RSVP by Telephone: 212-725-3541 or email: office@lwvnyc.org