Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor
For Immediate Release May 7, 2013
Contact: Chris Covucci (845) 309-2654 firstname.lastname@example.org
Statement on Taxpayer-Financed Political Campaigns from Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I – Fishkill)
“Giving more taxpayer dollars to Albany politicians is not the answer to the capital’s corruption crisis. Last week, the Assembly Democrats blocked a bill in committee that would have stripped pensions from elected officials convicted of public corruption. Speaker Silver was protecting pensions for convicted felons. Now Speaker Silver wants to reach into taxpayer wallets to pay for the crooks’ political campaigns. There’s just no shame in Albany.”
“While Speaker Silver defends crooks, Governor Cuomo stretches the law to accept campaign contributions far beyond the individual limit. The governor’s campaign has accepted $500,000 in contributions from one individual, Manhattan billionaire Leonard Litwin. That’s more than eight times the law’s individual contribution limit. Cuomo circumvents the law by taking donations from the many corporations controlled by Litwin. Cuomo could start cleaning up Albany by returning Litwin’s tainted money.”
“We’ve seen New York City’s taxpayer-financed campaign system embolden corrupt politicians. The crooks trip over each other in the mad rush for tax dollars for their campaigns. Malcom Smith and Dan Halloran hatched their conspiracy with eyes on the taxpayer financing. Taxpayer-funded campaigns will only lead to more corruption and abuse. I’m going to vote against it. Real reforms will take tax dollars away from the crooks, not write a check to their campaigns.”
### Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor, a former teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes in Poughkeepsie, is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and founder of the Dutchess County based consulting firm KML Strategies, LLC. Lalor is the founder of Afghanistan & Iraq Veterans for Congress and a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel. He is a graduate of John Jay High School, Providence College and Pace Law School and lives in Fishkill with his wife Mary Jo and their four young children Katie, Riley, Mikey and Kieran Jr..