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Every Voice Calls for Small Donor-Driven Reforms in New York Following Conviction of State Sen. Dean Skelos

December 11, 2015 | Laura Friedenbach

Washington, D.C. — As New York State Senator and former Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam Skelos have been found guilty on all counts in their corruption trial, less than two weeks after the conviction of former State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, money-in-politics watchdog Every Voice released the following statement:

“This is the latest and most stunning sign that Albany is in crisis. It’s unheard of to have leaders of both a State Assembly and Senate convicted of corruption—and within a matter of weeks of each other. Clearly the time is now for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the legislature to take a stand against the pay-to-play politics that are eroding Albany,” said David Donnelly, Every Voice president and CEO. “Nothing short of a comprehensive small-donor system that amplifies the voices of everyday New Yorkers will create the kind of change needed to restore faith in New York’s political system. Any leaders left in Albany are on notice.”

Every Voice is a partner in the Fair Elections for New York campaign, a broad coalition supporting policies to empower small donors, lower campaign contribution limits, end lobbyists pay-to-play schemes, and encourage stronger enforcement and transparency. Learn more at http://fairelectionsny.org/

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