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    Fair Elections For New York



    By: Rachel L. MSW, LMSW

    Fair Elections for New York is an organization whose goal is to take big money out of New York politics while increasing the say individual citizens have in government.  The organization is focused on four key goals:

    1. Public Financing of Elections – establishing a voluntary system to empower small donors by matching their contributions with public money, similar to NYC’s successful system.

    2. Lower Contribution Limits – bringing New York State’s sky-high contribution limits down to reasonable levels.

    3. Ending Pay-to-Play – saving public dollars by preventing contributions and bundling by contractors and lobbyists from influencing decisions about state business.

    4. Stronger Enforcement and Transparency – ensuring that our laws are enforced in a fair, effective and timely manner, and that public matching funds are appropriately disbursed.

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    On Wednesday, May 29th Fair Election for New York will be holding a lobby day in Albany.  They will be providing free bus transportation to the capitol.  If you would like to attend, you can register for the event here.

    If you are attending the event please feel free to submit photos and accounts of the day to Social Work Helper at

    photo credit: s.m. bush via photopin cc


    Rachel L. West is the Founder of the Political Social Worker, a blog dedicated to macro social work and politics. She holds a BA in History from SUNY Stony Brook and an MSW from Adelphi University. She is a community outreach and engagement specialist. Rachel resides in New York State, and she is available as a consultant and coach. You can find out more about Rachel at The Political Social Worker at (