Democratic House lawmakers on Friday in a letter to New York elected officials urged the creation of a system of publicly financed campaigns as state lawmakers continue to negotiate the budget.

The letter, signed by Reps. Jerry Nadler, Adriano Espaillat, Antonio Delgado, Carolyn Maloney, Eliot Engel, Hakeem Jeffries, Nydia Velazquez, Kathleen Rice and Gregory Meeks, argues that including the public financing system is a a “show of good faith” that the influence of deep-pocketed donors can be taken out of politics.

“Together you can work toward rebuilding democracy in New York, and establishing a foundation for federal elections in the future,” they wrote.

An agreement on publicly financed campaigns remains elusive in the final days of the state budget negotiations. This week, tensions flared over the issue as a group of three lawmakers in the state Senate and Assembly accused Gov. Andrew Cuomo of hypocrisy for holding a fundraiser in mid-March. The governor’s office fired back, noting two of the legislators who raised the issue also held fundraisers during the three-month budget season.

Assembly Democratic lawmakers have raised concerns with the effect a public financing system would have in the super PAC era as well as the potential for fines levied for violations.

03.29.18 Signed Nys Fair Elections Letter (1) by Nick Reisman on Scribd