Public Financing of Elections 'Most Basic Feminist Issue Right Now'

• Jun 04, 2015

Auburn Citizen By: Robert Harding

Calling privately funded elections "insane," Zephyr Teachout, who unsuccessfully challenged Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the 2014 Democratic primary, said a public campaign finance system could help encourage more women to run for elected office.

Teachout's comments came at a Democratic Women of Cayuga County event Tuesday night at Auburn Public Theater.

"It is absolutely the most basic feminist issue right now," she said. "Far more women run for office when you have a public financing system. We've seen that everywhere we've experimented with it — in New York City, in Arizona, in Maine and Connecticut."

In New York City, Teachout said seven new women of color ran for office in recent years who wouldn't have been able to campaign without the city's public matching funds system.

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