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USA Today Op-Ed by CWA D1 Vice President Dennis Trainor: ​​”Annoyed about too much big money in politics? New York workers can counter corporate influence in elections in 2024”

With a big election year already ramping up, our own District 1 Vice President Dennis Trainor penned an op-ed for USA Today on March 25th calling for funding of small donor public campaign financing in New York.

“In New York, a new reform promises to deliver for workers: small donor public campaign financing. The state’s new program, now available for candidates in the 2024 state legislative elections, is designed to boost the voices of everyday voters in election campaigns by multiplying the value of their small donations. It offers workers the chance to push their priorities to the top of a political agenda that for years has been dominated by big business and wealthy individuals. Our state’s leaders must ensure that it’s fully funded with $114.5 million in the FY 2025 state budget.

"As working New Yorkers are speaking up against corporate interests on the job, we must also address their undue influence on our politics. This year, state lawmakers must ensure that this transformative program is fully funded in this year’s budget. New York’s workers deserve nothing less."

Read the full piece here.