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Krueger, Samuels: tap casinos for reformRick Karlin
Campaign finance — and ways to reform it, is shaping up as one of the stories of the day here. NYPIRG later this morning will put out an analysis of spending trends in the most recent campaign cycle and just now Senator Liz Krueger and Bill Samuels of the New Roosevelt organization just offered what they say is a potential way to pay for publicly financed campaigns: Imposition of an $8 million annual licensing fee for the up to 7 casinos that lawmakers and voters will likely approve in the next year.
With $8 million per year per casino, that’s $56 million for public campaigns.
“No one can say that we’re taking taxpayer money,” said Krueger, a Manhattan Democrat who noted that Senate Republicans have long objected to publicly financed campaigns since it would involve using tax dollars.
“We say there’s an alternative,” added Samuels who said he hopes that Gov. Andrew Cuomo embraces the idea and gets in place in time for the 2014 elections, when he might want to run for a second term.