Portect Our Democracy PAC, a political action committee founded over the summer by investor/activist Sean Eldridge, husband of Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, to work in coordination with the Cuomo administration on campaign finance reform, is out with its first mailers of the election cycle in support of Democratic state Senate candidate Cecilia Tkacyzk.

“Protect Our Democracy PAC is working to build a majority for campaign finance reform in the New York Senate,” said Eldridge. “New Yorkers are tired of special interests and big money dominating our elections. In order to return power to voters, we need to send like-minded representatives, like Cecelia Tkaczyk, to Albany.”

The first mailer is a positive/bio piece that introduces Tkacyzk as a “mother,” “farmer” and “school board leader” – basically, a regular person who will “make sure Albany protects our interests, not special interests.”

The second mailer is a hit piece on Tkacyzk’s Republican opponent, Assemblyman George Amedore. It doesn’t have anything to do with campaign finance reform, but instead portrays Amedore as a handmaiden of the insurance industry.

Hughes and Eldridge seeding Protect Our Democracy with $250,000 of their own money. The NYT reported in July that a numer of other wealthy individuals had also pledged their support, but the only name dropped was Barry Diller, the chairman of the Internet company IAC.

Some campaign finance reform advocates were reportedly disappointed after the governor revealed during a recent meeting at the Capitol that he would not likely be pushing this issue during the current campaign season, but would likely wait until next year’s session to make it a priority.

(Of course, there’s always the post-election special session, and the price for that legislative pay raise is growing ever higher).

A spokeswoman for Protect Our Democracy said the PAC will likely assist at least one more candidate before Election Day.

Tkacyzk and Amedore are battling for the newly-created 46th Senate District, which is located in the Capital Region and was drawn by the Senate Republicans specifically with the assemblyman in mind. The GOP added a 63rd seat in the hope that it will help them maintain their majority.

The Democrats appear to be feeling bullish about Tkacyzk, and I say that based on the number of mailers I have received at home that were sent out on her behalf by the Democratic Party. She’s a school board member, which is less high-profile a position than an Assembly seat, but still enables her to say that she has held elected office.

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