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Rubin in the Syracuse Post-Standard: We Have a Ringside Seat for New York’s Public Campaign Financing Experiment

We have a ringside seat for New York’s public campaign financing experiment David M. Rubin Syracuse Post-Standard June 8, 2014 Buckling to pressure from the Working Families Party (WFP) last weekend, Gov. Andrew Cuomo promised yet again to force the Legislature to pass a bill supporting the public financing of elections. He cut this controversial deal with […]

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Cuomo in the Huffington Post: Finishing the Job Teddy Roosevelt Started: Public Financing of Elections

Finishing the Job Teddy Roosevelt Started: Public Financing of Elections Andrew Cuomo Huffington Post May 6, 2014 A little over a century ago, newly elected Governor Theodore Roosevelt arrived in Albany — and was shocked to discover an “invisible empire” dominated by special interests who bought favors from elected officials “in the guise of contributions […]

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Zimroth, Liebman and Mollen in the Daily News: Moreland is Gone; Its Cause Lives On

Moreland is gone; its cause lives on Peter Zimroth, Lance Liebman and Gerald F. Mollen Daily News May 4, 2014 As usual, New York State budget season created controversy: Gov. Cuomo shut down the Moreland Commission, which he had created nine months earlier to investigate Albany’s corrupt culture and figure out how to fix it. That […]

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Brodsky in Times-Union: No Winners in Demise of Moreland

No winners in demise of Moreland Richard Brodsky Albany Times-Union April 13, 2014 Nothing good can come from a situation in which two smart guys both miss the point. The confusion and anger surrounding the demise of the Moreland Commission on Public Corruptionis a consequence of sloppy thinking and convenient, if wrongheaded, attitudes by both Gov. Andrew […]

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Vandewalker in Newsday: Albany’s Whiff at Public Campaign Financing

Albany’s whiff at public campaign financing Ian Vandewalker Newsday April 11, 2014 What do you call a state program that’s supposed to be created from scratch by a notoriously dysfunctional agency in just a few months and will be repealed at the end of the year? A mistake, maybe — but not a pilot. Yet […]

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Norden and Schwarz in the Journal News: Bad News for Campaign Reform, Election Fairness

Bad news for campaign reform, election fairness Lawrence Norden and Frederick A.O. Schwarz, Jr.  The Journal News April 9, 2014 April 1 was a bad day for New York. After years of promising comprehensive campaign finance reform, including small-donor public financing, Gov. Andrew Cuomo let the Legislature pass a budget that removed it, and agreed […]

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vanden Heuvel in the Washington Post: The War Against American Citizens

The war against American citizens Katrina vanden Heuvel Washington Post April 8, 2014 In 1971, before becoming a Supreme Court justice, Lewis F. Powell Jr. penned a memo to his friend Eugene Sydnor of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce advocating a comprehensive strategy in favor of corporate interests. Powell wrote, “Under our constitutional system, especially with an […]

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Rapoport in the American Prospect: It’s Andrew Cuomo’s Fault!

It’s Andrew Cuomo’s Fault! Abby Rapoport The American Prospect April 3, 2014 his year was supposed to be different in New York. After failing to pass a comprehensive public financing system during the last legislative session, advocates for the measure believed this year, they would get the deed done, and New York state would match […]

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Norden in Post-Standard: Special Interests Want to Preserve Their Influence

  Business interests against NY public campaign financing want to preserve their influence  Lawrence Norden The Post-Standard March 21, 2014 As the push for comprehensive campaign finance reform in New York enters a crucial period — with a final state budget due on April 1 — the stars seem to be aligning. Gov. Andrew Cuomo […]

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Stewart-Cousins & James in the Journal News: Campaign finance reform benefits women

Campaign finance reform benefits women Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Leticia James The Journal News March 23, 2013 New York state is on the cusp of making history — and that’s a good thing for women. Earlier this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo included a proposal for the public financing of state elections in his budget. The plan […]

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