OK, this is the final installment of Public Advocate candidate Andrew Rasiej‘s running effort to demonstrate his techie chops by improving the city’s campaign finance system.
Rasiej, you may recall, got a scolding from the Campaign Finance Board‘s spokeswoman for offering a software patch to fellow candidates. Rasiej responded today in a letter to CFB Chairman Fritz Schwartz, parts of which we excerpt here:
“…The CFB, through its spokesperson, issued a statement rejecting and deriding our offer, evidencing an unresponsiveness that is quite appalling. One would think that a governmental agency would welcome new ideas, especially ones that are free and beneficial to the candidates who the CFB supposedly serves…. Moreover, the CFB statement was also a not-so-veiled threat to any candidate who uses this free software, as if the law or a CFB rule was being violated.
“It is one thing to warn candidates to comply with the program; it is quite another for the CFB to be so proprietary about its own software programs — programs, I might add, which have been so problematic for so many years….”