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Norden in Democrat & Chronicle: NY Needs Reform Now, Not Later

New York Needs Campaign Finance Reform Now, Not Later Democrat and Chronicle Lawrence Norden January 9, 2013 The Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption’s preliminary report confirms something most already knew. New York’s state government is inundated with big money and its toxic influence on our democracy: outright bribery, pay-to-play politics, and the silencing of […]

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Ethics Reformers Appluad Cuomo’s State of State Address

Ethics reformers call on Cuomo to use ‘maximum leverage’ Capital New York Jessica Alaimo January 8, 2014 ALBANY—Leaders of good government groups said Wednesday they were pleased that Gov. Andrew Cuomo again promoted campaign finance and ethics reforms, but wondered if his words will translate into action this time around. “The next move the governor […]

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Scharff in Buffalo News: Only Public Financing Can Return Power to Voters

Another Voice: Only public financing can return power to New York’s voters The Buffalo News Karen Scharff December 27, 2013 There is an easy way to tell what is the biggest threat to corruption in Albany. The big money interests and others who want to maintain the pay-to-play culture are attacking only one of the […]

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Jailed Politicians Still Collect Campaign Cash

Jailed pols still cash magnets  Former Brooklyn state Sen. Carl Kruger, in prison since June 2012 on bribery charges, gets $500 from California software giant Intuit Glenn Blain New York Daily News December 8, 2013 ALBANY – New York’s campaign finance laws are so lax that even imprisoned lawmakers can still receive campaign donations.   […]

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Governor Cuomo, Business Leaders Call for Public Matching System for New York Elections

Brennan Center for Justice Press Release New York, NY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined his support of public matching funds for New York State elections at a gathering of business leaders today. The discussion examined the benefits of a enacting a small donor matching system, similar to New York City’s successful program. See photos and […]

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Panel on Business Case for Campaign Finance Reform

Why Campaign Finance Reform Matters to New York’s Business Leaders Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Albany Institute of History and Art 125 Washington Avenue Albany, New York The event is free and a light luncheon will be served All eyes are on Albany as our political leaders consider the Governor’s call […]

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Poll: Small Businesses Hold Negative View of Money in Politics

Small Businesses Reject Role of Money in Politics; View Citizens United Decision as Bad for Business On Jan. 21, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in its Citizens United decision that corporations are free to spend unlimited sums of money in elections. According to opinion polling released by the American Sustainable Business Council, Main Street […]

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Governor Cuomo Calls for Campaign Finance Reform

In his 2014 State of the State address, Governor Cuomo outlined a series of steps that will bring fairness and greater disclosure to the New York’s campaign finance laws. This excerpt from Governor Cuomo’s Building on Success: 2014 State of the State handbook highlights the proposed reforms: “In 2013, in the wake of several proven […]

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NY Business Leaders: It’s Time for Campaign Finance Reform

Michael Petro, Acting President, Committee for Economic Development & Kelly Williams, Corporate General Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law Thursday, November 1, 2012 New York State’s business leaders have weighed in: they are deeply concerned about the role of big money in the state’s politics and would support comprehensive […]

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Citizens United Behind Common Sense Reforms

Citizens Actually United: The Bi-Partisan Opposition to Corporate Political Spending And Support for Common Sense Reform According to a study by Liz Kennedy at Demos, Americans of all political backgrounds agree that there is way too much money in politics. The survey explored Americans’ attitudes toward corporate political spending and found that they believe that […]

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