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March 4, 2013

League of Women Voters holds campaign finance talk

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After the event, Plattsburgh Town Council member Tom Wood said locals need to start pushing for reforms. If they don’t, why politicians would argue with a system that helps them fund their campaigns, he questioned.

MONEY DOESN’T VOTE

Bartoletti said other issues, such as education and gun control, are often at the top of voters’ lists, then comes campaign finance. But campaign finance affects the other issues, she said.

Bartoletti wrapped up the forum with the idea that candidates need to realize money, despite its help in getting their message out, still doesn’t get them elected.

“I have never stood in line at the polling place behind a $5 bill, a $20 bill, a $50 bill, a $100 bill or a $1,000 bill,” she said. “Money does not get people elected. People are still filling out those bubbles.”

LEARN MORE For more about the local chapter of the League of Women Voters, visit http://plattsburgh.ny.lwvnet.org. There visitors can find information about the local league, upcoming events and find links to the state and national chapters. On the state chapter’s website, visitors can find the power point regarding campaign finance reform, which Bartoletti said can be used to teach others about the issue.

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