The political action committee that has for the last several election cycles pushed public financing for campaigns in New York is out with letters to the two remaining candidates for Assembly speaker to push them to publicly support a small-dollar matching system.

“Specifically, I urge you to publicly state that you will insist that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to provide matching funds for small donations for all state offices is not removed from the Governor’s budget proposal,” wrote Friends of Democracy Director David Donnelly. “Your public pledge would signal to the citizens of the state that a new day is possible in Albany.”

Donnelly noted that adopting such a system would restore the public trust that “has been shattered by a parade of money in politics scandals over the past decade.”

Outgoing Speaker Sheldon Silver faces five counts of corruption charges stemming from his use of referrals, which federal law enforcement alleges are masked as bribes.

The letter was sent today to both Carl Heastie of the Bronx and Cathy Nolan of Queens, the two remaining lawmakers who are running for speaker.

Friends of Democracy is an independent expenditure committee supported by Jonathan Soros, the son of liberal financier George Soros.

The group has been largely the most active in state Senate campaigns on behalf of Democratic candidates that back public financing.

Ny Speaker Letters by Nick Reisman