Fair elections supporters held a conference call this week to push for New York State campaign finance reform and public funding of elections.
A coalition of citizen activist groups including Citizen Action and the Working Families Party used the call as a platform to state their case for establishing a public financing system for New York state elections.
The first poll taken since Eliot Spitzer leaped into the New York City comptroller's race shows the ex-governor gaining a quick advantage over fellow Democrat Scott Stringer.
The Wall Street Journal-NBC 4 New York-Marist poll shows registered Democrats favoring Spitzer over Stringer by 42 percent to 33 percent. That includes voters who are undecided but leaning toward a candidate.
Spitzer resigned amid a prostitution scandal in 2008. Stringer is Manhattan's borough president.
Eliot Spitzer's 11th-hour comeback campaign to become New York City comptroller isn't just a race to the finish. It's a sprint to the start.
After plunging into the race Monday, the ex-governor has only until midnight to collect 3,750 valid signatures to get on the Democratic primary ballot. Experts say it's a formidable, but doable, task given the narrow time frame.
A Spitzer spokeswoman said Wednesday the campaign is "diligently gathering signatures." She wouldn't comment further.