Fighting For Campaign Finance Reform

Two members of MOP Democracy attached a banner to the Unisphere, calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to keep fair election reform in the State budget. Photo by Joe Marvilli

Two members of MOP Democracy attached a banner to the Unisphere, calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to keep fair election reform in the State budget. Photo by Joe Marvilli

In act of civil disobedience, two members of the organization MOP Democracy (Money Out of Politics – Democracy) attached a banner to the Unisphere. The sign asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo to fulfill his promise for campaign finance reform by keeping fair elections in the State budget.

Matthew Edge and Matthew Hillyer put the banner up on March 11, having chosen the landmark because it represents unity and a “worldview that looks out for everyone,” Edge said.

Edge added that public financing of campaigns, similar to New York City’s model, would be a step in the right direction for reform. MOP Democracy intends to hang banners in all 62 counties to bring attention to the issue and to make sure the governor keeps his word.

“We’ve got a tremendous opportunity with Andrew Cuomo. We want to get that message out there,” Edge said. “We’re tired of empty promises.”