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Press Conference Monday: Current and Former CT Secs. of the State Urge Public Financing in NYS, Release New Report

ALBANY, NY – As New York State considers campaign finance reform, the national public policy center Demos will release a new report detailing how public financing is improving Connecticut’s legislative processes and relieving lawmakers of special interest burdens at a press conference in Albany on Monday, April 22nd at 11:00 AM.

“Fresh Start: The Impact of Public Campaign Financing in Connecticut,” co-authored by Miles Rapoport, President of Demos and former Connecticut Secretary of the State, uses empirical data and interviews with policymakers to reveal how a comprehensive package of reforms with public campaign financing at its core is making that state’s legislature more representative and responsive.  Miles will be joined by current Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill and report co-author Mijin Cha, Senior Policy Analyst at Demos, who will discuss how the Connecticut experience could apply to New York State. 

WHAT: Press conference to discuss “Fresh Start,” a new report on the impact of public campaign financing in Connecticut since its start in 2008. Miles Rapoport and Secretary Denise Merrill will add their personal perspectives as election administrators and former legislators. 


  • Denise Merrill, Connecticut Secretary of the State
  • Miles Rapoport, President of Demos, former Connecticut Secretary of the State
  • Mijin Cha, Senior Policy Analyst, Demos

WHERE: LOB, 3rd Floor Landing, By the Bird Lady Statue (NW Corner)

WHEN: Monday, April 22, 11 AM

Copies of the report will be available on site and delivered to legislators.

“Fresh Start” is part of Demos’ ongoing work to reduce the role of wealth and corporate power in politics and policy. Demos is a public policy organization working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy.