About the Campaign

We are a coalition of 200+ organizations that believe Americans deserve a responsive, accountable government.

To tackle the crises we face in housing, living wage jobs, criminal justice, affordable health care, transportation, climate, fair taxes, and more, we must protect and expand our democracy. We must make sure it is responsive to the majority of people and not just the wealthy and well-connected.

To that end, after over two decades of grassroots organizing, coalition building and collaboration with legislative champions, in 2020 we WON a statewide program that helps diminish special interests’ impact on our elections and decisions in state government, the landmark New York State Public Campaign Finance Program (PCFP) This new program, the nation’s biggest answer to Citizens United, helps candidates spend more time engaging with constituents and fund campaigns without depending on big donors. It’s a small donor public matching funds system with a $12-to-$1 match on the smallest contributions. 

The system is up and running for all State Assembly and Senate candidates in the current election cycle (2024) and all statewide candidates in 2026.

Because this program is critical to addressing all of the issues we care about, we are working to ensure that the New York State Public Campaign Finance Program is fully funded in the 2023/2024 budget.

Our Partners

  • 32BJ SEIU
  • Brennan Center for Justice
  • Center for Popular Democracy
  • Citizen Action of New York
  • CWA District 1
  • Empire State Indivisible
  • Housing Works, Inc.
  • Indivisible OneNYS
  • Long Island Progressive Coalition
  • Make the Road New York
  • New York Civic Engagement Table
  • New York Communities for Change
  • Public Citizen
  • Stand Up America
  • VOCAL-NY
  • Working Families Party