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With Cuomo, a New Group Will Push for Publicly Financed ElectionsThomas Kaplan
Frustrated with Albany’s tepid reaction to the idea of publicly financed elections, the Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes and his fiancé are financing a new campaign to press the issue in coordination with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
Mr. Hughes’s fiancé, Sean Eldridge, an investor and political activist who is spearheading the effort, said the group would work with Mr. Cuomo’s office in the same way that gay rights advocates teamed up with the governor last year to persuade Republican lawmakers to supportsame-sex marriage. The group has also enlisted two former Cuomo aides to help plot its strategy.
As with same-sex marriage, the bulk of the resistance to public financing has come from the Republican-controlled State Senate, and the new group is planning to get involved in a number of Senate races this fall.
“The ultimate goal is we need to create a majority for reform in the Senate,” Mr. Eldridge, a former political director for the advocacy group Freedom to Marry, said. He added, “People are waking up every single morning and seeing another story about money flooding into politics, so we think there’s really a unique opportunity here.”