But we don't need to see facts like this to convince us, we know, deep in our core, that our system is out of control. We know that there is too much money. We know that there are very powerful forces at work influencing decisions. We know that often the best decisions are being killed in favor of no decision or worse yet the wrong decision.
In 2013 and 2014 the Moreland Commission gave us new insight into just how entrenched the corruption has become. In their preliminary report they noted:
“What we can describe, though, is deplorable conduct, some of it perfectly legal yet profoundly wrong; some of it potentially illegal — and, indeed, this Commission will make appropriate criminal referrals at such time as it deems appropriate,”
As one Moreland Commissioner put it, "We're talking about thousands and in some cases, hundreds of thousands of dollars in unspecified reimbursements" which are completely legal.
New York is in a unique position to lead the nation in solving this terrible problem. We know the only way to make sure politicians put people first is to get the big-money out of political campaigns.
I'm committed to fighting corruption at every turn and to passing landmark campaign finance reform, a bold idea that would radically level the playing field between working families and powerful corporate interests and be a critical step to restoring our democratic process.