Protesters Blocked From Campaign Reform Hearing

ALBANY (AP) -
Protesters on Tuesday chant outside the window of a Senate conference room during a hearing highlighting abuses in the public financing of campaigns in New York City. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Protesters on Tuesday chant outside the window of a Senate conference room during a hearing highlighting abuses in the public financing of campaigns in New York City. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Protesters trying to disrupt a public hearing in Albany aimed at highlighting abuses in the public financing of campaigns in New York City were blocked from entering the Capitol.

Senate Republicans are opposed to using tax dollars to create a voluntary statewide system of publicly financed campaigns. They note a recent corruption case involves a Democrat accused of trying to bribe his way into the New York City mayor’s race, where his campaign contributions could be matched 6-to-1 with public money.

About two dozen protesters, many with dollar bills taped to their mouths to symbolize the power of money in politics, were barred from the Senate hearing room Tuesday.