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Tax dollars for political campaigns is a bad idea

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Last fall we all had to endure scads of mindless political ads on TV. These ads were not so much to inform about a candidate’s strengths but rather to point out the weaknesses of the opposition. Ads for all candidates — Republican, Democrat or others — were all equally offensive. These were paid for through large political actions committees, party donations and individual donations to the candidates. As the number of ads were huge, I would assume that the candidates have much money to spend.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is now touting in even more TV ads that we should convince our legislators to allow some of our tax dollars to be used by the political campaigns as well as their usual private funding sources. The claim is that politicians would stop listening to big businesses and unions and listen to the people.

This is naiveté at best, deliberate deception at worst. All this legislation would do is to give the parties and campaigns even more money to buy even more commercial political ads to plague us with. This would be akin to not liking loud music and showing this aversion by turning up the volume on your stereo.

There is nothing in this proposed legislation which would limit in any way the amount of other political donations (non-tax dollars) or in the number of political ads which could be aired. As to politicians actually listening to us, some do, but many will never listen to any but their party leadership and the political lobbies which support them. I can’t believe that New Yorkers will actually be duped into believing the nonsense that comes from this latest ad. This is a truly bad idea, yet again.

Joseph O. Perry

Lowville

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