Activists call on Delgado to support anti-corruption bill

If you thought the departure of a Republican congressman would mean an end to progressive demonstrations backed by a brass band in midtown Kingston, you were wrong. This Thursday, as Congress returns to work (though the government is still shut down), IndivisibleNY19 and other allied groups will hold a rally at Grand St. and Broadway from noon to 1 p.m.

The purpose is to call on newly elected Congressman Antonio Delgado (D-Rhinebeck) to strongly support H.R. 1. Among several provisions, the bill would do the following:

  • Create a public financing system for campaigns where tax dollars would match small-donor contributions at a rate of 6:1
  • Require disclosure of super PAC donor information as well as social-media political ad buyers
  • Create an automatic voter-registration system
  • Require the president to disclose tax returns

Political observers say the bill has no chance of being approved by the Senate or signed by the president. Rather, it serves as a statement by Democrats about their priorities,

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Thursday’s Demonstration in Kingston is part of the Indivisible movement’s “Whose House? Our House!” national day of action. Music will be provided by Tin Horn Uprising, with a lineup of local activist speakers. “We will be also urging for a clean continuing resolution re-open the federal government, with no funding for a border wall,” said event organizer Kathy Adin.

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