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New York State Pols Dip into Campaign Funds for Legal Defense

New York State pols dip into campaign funds for legal defense New York Post Pat Bailey May 27, 2014 ALBANY — If politicians are accused of a crime in New York, their friends can pick up the tab — and it’s all legal. Since 2004, more than $7 million in campaign contributions have been used on powerful […]

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Cuomo’s Realpolitik Offer to Campaign Reform Advocates

Cuomo’s realpolitik offer to campaign reform advocates Capital New York Laura Nahmias May 22, 2014 HUNTINGTON—Andrew Cuomo may give progressive and good-government groups the public campaign financing measure they’re looking for, but it will come at the expense of other reforms he promised in his budget, according to sources familiar with negotiations between the governor and […]

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Albany Times-Union: Mr. Bruno’s Ethical Legacy

Mr. Bruno’s ethical legacy Albany Times-Union May 17, 2014 THE ISSUE: Former state Sen. Joseph L. Bruno’s acquittal leaves a cloud over the government. THE STAKES: Unless the Legislature fixes the law and tightens the rules, the system remains suspect. There you have it, New York: It is perfectly legal for an elected official to take tens of […]

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The New York Times: Little Time Left for Campaign Reforms

Little Time Left for Campaign Reforms The New York Times May 16, 2014 Gov. Andrew Cuomo is busy running for re-election, but he has yet to make good on a campaign promise from 2010: to clean up New York’s abysmal campaign finance system. He can do that by coaxing the Legislature into passing a reform […]

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Public Campaign Finance Showing Signs of Life

Public campaign finance showing signs of life New York Now Karen Dewitt May 9, 2014 Governor Cuomo is facing pressure to revive an issue that failed in state budget negotiations, enacting a public campaign financing system for statewide elections. In the final budget deal, Cuomo agreed with legislative leaders to a pared down public campaign […]

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Cuomo Huddles With W.F.P., Reformers on Campaign Finance

Cuomo Huddles With W.F.P., Reformers on Campaign Finance Capital New York Jimmy Vielkind May 9, 2014 ALBANY—As he re-engages negotiations to expand a system of public campaign finance, Governor Andrew Cuomo has met with good-government advocates and a top Working Families Party official to gauge support for a possible compromise. A 90-minute meeting occurred Wednesday […]

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Public Finance Resurfaces

Public finance resurfaces Albany Times-Union Casey Seiler May 7, 2014 Albany Have reports of the legislative death of a broad-based public financing system for New York’s political campaigns been greatly exaggerated? It’s too soon to tell, but with less than 20 session days left before state lawmakers head back to their districts, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has found a […]

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Comptroller Race: Republican, Not DiNapoli, to Accept Public Financing

Comptroller race: Republican, not DiNapoli, to accept public financing The Journal News Joseph Spector  May 7, 2014 ALBANY – Onondaga County Comptroller Robert Antonacci on Wednesday launched his campaign for state comptroller, saying he will opt into a new public campaign financing system for the race. Democratic Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has advocated for a public-financing system, […]

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Senate Democrats: More Reasons Than Ever To Adopt Reform Bills

Senate Democrats: More Reasons Than Ever To Adopt Reform Bills WAMC Northeast Public Radio Karen Dewitt May 6, 2014 New York Democrats pressing for bills to reform the state’s campaign finance system, say the US Attorney’s investigations into a panel controlled by Governor Andrew Cuomo might help spur action on their measures. Democrats in the […]

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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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