As long as the first thing you need to do when you run for office is raise hundreds of thousands of dollars, we’re going to have a ‘show-me-the-money culture,’ as the U.S. attorney put it. We want transparency, disclosure, lower limits, better enforcement. … But without public financing you’re not going to change the culture. Transparency is not going to stop this.
- Citizen Action of New York’s Karen Scharff, responding to corruption arrests in New York this week. (Albany Times Union)