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Soros & Schwarz in Times-Union: A promise Cuomo can keep

A promise Cuomo can keep Jonathan Soros and Frederick A.O. Schwarz Albany Times-Union March 22, 2014 The stage is set for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to finally deliver on his longstanding promise to upend the culture of corruption in Albany. All that remains is for him to stand firm during current budget negotiations on his proposal for public financing […]

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Dukes & Getachew in the Amsterdam News: State campaign finance reform would level the playing field

State campaign finance reform would level the playing field Amsterdam News Hazel Dukes and DeNora Getachew March 20, 2014 At the NAACP and the Brennan Center, we have been saying for years that Albany’s elected officials have to be more accountable to the communities—that means us—that they are elected to represent. If we want our […]

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Brune & Weiss in the Poughkeepsie Journal: N.Y. campaign finance reform bill must be passed

N.Y. campaign finance reform bill must be passed Poughkeepsie Journal Michael Brune and Marc Weiss March 13, 2014 People across New York understand that the state legislature in Albany operates according to one simple rule: pay-to-play. The evidence is clear: special interests that get their priorities passed into law are the same ones that fork […]

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Katrina vanden Heuvel in the Washington Post: The ‘next Citizens United’ may fuel a popular uprising

The ‘next Citizens United’ may fuel a popular uprising Katrina vanden Heuvel Washington Post March 11, 2014 Pity poor Shaun McCutcheon. McCutcheon is the Alabama businessman suing the Federal Election Commission for abridging his First Amendment right to free speech— that is, if we define free speech as McCutcheon’s right to donate upward of $123,200 in […]

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Norden in the Buffalo News: Public financing can quickly empower New York’s voters

Public financing can quickly empower New York’s voters Lawrence Norden Buffalo News March 6, 2014 Unsurprisingly, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s decision to include funding for comprehensive campaign finance reform in his budget – including public financing of state elections – has drawn fire from special interests that thrive under the current system. They’re willing to […]

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Roosevelt in Times-Union: The Future is Public Financing of Elections

The Future is Public Financing of Elections Albany Times-Union Anna Eleanor Roosevelt March 1, 2014 Dear Governor Cuomo, My grandfather, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was known for bold government action in the face of crisis. We could use a dose of that now. But to lots of people, the federal government itself seems broken and unable to […]

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Randolph in the New York Times: The Sorry State of Campaign Finance in Albany

The Sorry State of Campaign Finance in Albany The New York Times Eleanor Randolph February 25, 2014 Campaign finance reform is incredibly important, but, frankly, it’s not very sexy. How do you rouse a full-throated rallying cry for a system that could clean up politics by encouraging more people to run for office? It’s not […]

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Horner on WAMC Northeast Public Radio: The Governor’s Historic Opportunity

Blair Horner: The Governor’s Historic Opportunity WAMC Northeast Public Radio Blair Horner February 24, 2014 Lawmakers return to the Capitol this week to tackle the big issue of the session: approving a state budget.  As part of that $140 billion plus decision, lawmakers will be forced to also debate a key issue: reforming the state’s […]

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Rice & Fitzpatrick in the Daily News: The First, Best Way to Clean Up Albany

The First, Best Way to Clean Up Albany The Daily News Kathleen Rice & William Fitzpatrick February 23, 2014 Over the past 20 years, crime rates across New York have gone down significantly. Yet there’s one place where the crime rate hasn’t budged — inside the state capitol. It seems like every month brings another […]

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Norden in Democrat and Chronicle: Adopt Moreland Campaign Finance Reforms

Guest essay: Adopt Moreland campaign finance reforms Democrat and Chronicle Lawrence Norden January 24, 2014 Reviewing the Moreland Commission’s preliminary report released last month, one could be forgiven for thinking it was produced by a cadre of longtime campaign finance advocates. But in fact, many of the commissioners began as skeptics — even opponents — […]

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