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Women in Leadership: Reversing Civic Recession by Addressing the Bottom Line

Please join the Committee for Economic Development (CED), NY LEAD, the Brennan Center for Justice, and Americans for Campaign Reform (ACR) for a luncheon and discussion with business and civic leaders on women in public leadership and campaign finance reform.

Monday, March 3, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  
Lambs Club
132 West 44th Street (between 6th Ave and Broadway)
New York, NY 10036

Women comprise nearly half of the U.S. labor force and account for 59% of graduate school enrollees but do not run for public office at the same rate as men. New York State ranks 30th in the U.S. among women serving in state legislatures. Research shows that the high cost of political campaigns is a barrier to entry for many women candidates interested in public service. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2014 budget proposal includes the creation of a small donor, publicly funded campaign finance system for New York State elections, like the one in place in New York City for more than two decades. In 2013, CED endorsed the work of NY LEAD and released the report Promoting Small Dollar Democracy, which calls for public matching of small-dollar contributions. This event will explore the role of partial-public matching programs and the potential for increasing representation of women as donors and candidates. Please join us for this lunch-time discussion on what this means for New York women in politics.

Speakers Include:  
Kathleen Rice, District Attorney, Nassau County and Fmr. Co-chair, Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption
Barbara Lawton, Fmr. Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin and President and CEO, Americans for Campaign Reform
Mike Petro, Executive Vice President, Committee for Economic Development
Laura Walker, President and CEO, New York Public Radio (invited)

The Governor’s public financing proposal mirrors CED’s policy recommendations first advanced in 1999 and restated in the report, After Citizens United: Improving Accountability in Political Finance. For more than a decade, CED's business leaders have advocated for voluntary public financing programs that offer a multiple-dollar public match on small individual contributions. In CED’s view, this reform would enhance the vitality of our democracy. A multiple-dollar public match can have a substantial leveraging effect that would provide candidates with a strong incentive to seek out large numbers of small donations. At the same time, it would give small donors a greater sense of empowerment and encourage them to become more involved in the financing of political campaigns. It would give candidates an alternative means of accruing the resources needed to wage competitive campaigns, thereby reducing the relative influence of larger donors and private contributions that might be linked to special interests. 

Space is extremely limited. Please contact Amy Morse to RSVP:; 202-469-7832.

Lambs Club, 132 West 44th Street (between 6th Ave and Broadway), New York, NY 10036

Event Start Time
March 03, 2014, 3:43 PM