Senator Grisanti Responds to Mailer

As Decision 2014 approaches, a big issue in Albany this year is making state elections publicly funded.

That issue has led to an attack on Western New York State Senator Mark Grisanti with mailers in his district pressuring him to support it.

An ad compares the New York State election condition to the shape the statue of liberty used to be.

It's part of an effort to get support behind Governor Cuomo's proposal for publicly funded elections.

Recently, the Public Campaign Action Fund dropped 10,000 pieces of mail in Senator Mark Grisanti's district, claiming he's part of the pay to play culture.

"No matter what type of mail you send the fabrication and the lies that go with it, I will never support that legislation that mandates that people in my district go ahead and pay for elections," Senator Grisanti said.

It points out over $1 million dollars of his campaign cash comes from special interests outside the district.

Senator Grisanti states the mailers are an attempt to put public pressure on him to vote for publicly financed campaigns.

"We agree that there has to be campaign finance reform on those things that I talked about on contribution limits but to mandate that tax payers should have to foot the bill is not something that I will be supporting."

"He's throwing around huge numbers, numbers that have no basis or facts," Executive Director David Donnelly said. "We've seen academic studies that show it will cost a fraction of what he's suggesting."

That proposed campaign finance reform introduces public financing for state elections and lowers campaign contribution limits. Small donations would be matched by public funds and that money would be capped at a certain point.

"It really turns the system on its head and instead of a campaign system that's all about the money it's actually about the many," Donnelly said. "The many people you can get behind your candidacy."

Senator Grisanti feels it should not be at the taxpayers' expense.

"It's a non issue for constituents in my district and they are trying to cause trouble with this seat," Donnelly said. "I think they are trying to get this seat to go into other hands."


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