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Green Party of New York calls Cuomo comments undemocratic and wrong

ALBANY, NY – 11/26/19 – Green Party of New York leaders said Gov. Cuomo’s comments at a press conference today, in which he stated third parties needed to prove their viability before receiving public funding, are not just wrongheaded, but dangerously undemocratic. Officers said that the exact opposite should be true: public campaign financing should aid third parties and candidates in becoming viable. By placing nearly insurmountable barriers to entry to the ballot and public campaign financing Cuomo and the Commissioners expect third parties to run a marathon with a weight attached to their legs, while Democrats and Republicans are driven to the finish line in limos.

Green Party of New York

For Immediate Release
November 25, 2019

Peter LaVenia, Co-chair, GPNY or 518-495-8001
Gloria Mattera, Co-chair, GPNY or 917-886-4538

“Public campaign financing was designed to aid candidates in becoming viable and competitive in exchange for refusing to take private donations. Third party candidates, like those from the Green Party, are excluded from debates, out fundraised by corporate candidates, ignored by the media, hidden far down ballots, and constantly fear having their lines stolen by opportunity-to-ballot. Real public campaign finance systems, like ‘Clean Money, Clean Elections’ in Arizona and Maine, allow grassroots candidates a chance to compete. By setting the bar so high for entry, the Commission willfully ignores the systemic barriers to third party success – because in reality their bosses don’t want competition,” said co-chair Peter LaVenia.

“Andrew Cuomo has never had to endure the long hours and fraught weeks of signature gathering needed to get on the ballot as an independent. Cuomo is a spoiled rich kid that’s always gotten what he wanted. And just like a spoiled rich kid, he has no clue what it means to really face any obstacles in life or politics. It would be sad if the consequences for democracy in New York weren’t so dire,” concluded co-chair Gloria Mattera.

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  1. Richard Winger Richard Winger November 26, 2019

    I am glad the Green Party is carrying on this outreach. It would be good if the New York Libertarian Party would also join in the fight. Maybe the NYLP is already doing so, but I haven’t seen any publicity.

  2. Eric Sundwall Eric Sundwall November 26, 2019

    Cuomo’s also proposing a new third party threshold of 250K for ballot access. Which is about the total for Governor for truly independent candidacies, ie Greens, LP and the occasional true independent. Best guess, is that he wants to avoid the embarrassment of another Cynthia Nixon type and nor have to go out and placate what he surely considers fringe elements in the process. Of course the NY GOP is so ineffective and horrible, it can’t dethrone King Andy.

    But yes, Richard is correct, where’s the LPNY?

    How did all those local candidates do?

  3. T-bo T-bo November 27, 2019

    Is there any strategy to LPNY? Working Families has one.

  4. Richard Winger Richard Winger November 27, 2019

    On November 26 the New York Libertarian Party did put out a press release about this. It was good.

    The Libertarian Party nominee for District Attorney of Broome County was elected on November 5, 2019. He was not the nominee of any other party, and he defeated the Democratic nominee and the Republican nominee. Broome County has Binghampton and the county population is about 200,000.

  5. Chuck Moulton Chuck Moulton November 27, 2019

    Wow… horrible stuff. Is this on the LNC’s radar? Seems like every time 1 state gets better for ballot access, 2 states get worse. 🙁

  6. Starchild Starchild November 27, 2019

    Anyone know what the major organizations are that monitor election fairness on a global basis, and whether any of them have been looking at the United States?

    Richard, have you had any such contacts at Ballot Access News?

    International exposure and embarrassment could be an effective way to pressure Republican and Democrat officials in the U.S. to stop pulling this kind of anti-democratic bullshit.

  7. Eric Sundwall Eric Sundwall November 29, 2019

    Interesting that Korchak was a GOP spin-off and won on the LP line.

    My guess was a general rift between two factions. I was part of a similar campaign for DA in Columbia County in the mid 90’s. Conservatives and GOP split where there wasn’t much threat from the Dem candidate.

    I didn’t see how the LPNY spun this . . . better than IPR? Warren? Nudge Nudge

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