I do – particularly in the wake of massive amounts of dollars raised by the incumbent by political allies who are also closely tied to city business – including the management of our public workers’ pension funds – in defiance of the spirit, if not the letter, of both federal law and local ethics legislation. The only way to end pay-to-play politics and the conflicts of interest they create is by embracing the public financing of elections.
Civic engagement during elections should be about the people and their values, not about wealthy special interests who wish to exert influence for their own financial gain. Thanks decisions like Citizens United, corporate and dark money pouring into elections is at an all- time high. Candidates for office should focus on the issues and the concerns of their constituents, not how they will fund their next campaign. There needs to be further advocacy toward campaign finance ethics reform.