State comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says he will not be using the new public campaign financing system as he seeks re-election, even though he advocated for such a program for decades.
DiNapoli was a champion of public campaign financing for years, saying it would enable more of the middle class to get involved in politics.
He even offered the comptroller's office election as a test ground for the concept.
But now, the New York Times reports the comptroller will instead fund his campaign the old fashioned way, calling public funding laws passed by the state sloppy, even intentionally designed to fail by legislators against the idea.
Public campaign funding is designed to help limit the influence of the wealthy in politics by limiting campaign donations by individuals, and matching them with public money.