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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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NY LEAD Applauds Speaker Silver For Introducing a Public Financing Bill

Campaign Finance Reform Legislation Would Bring Fair Elections to New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Election Law Committee Chairman Michael Cusick today announced they have introduced legislation to bring fair elections to New York by reforming the state’s antiquated campaign finance laws and creating a public financing system for all state offices, shifting the […]

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Michael J. Petro Explains Why Business Community Supports Reform

At a recent Brennan Center event, panelists offered a variety of valuable perspectives on the urgent need for New York State to adopt public financing and comprehensive campaign finance reform. Michael J. Petro, Executive Vice President of the Committee for Economic Development, described the widespread business support for public financing and campaign finance reform.  (Petro’s […]

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March 29 Event: The Benefits of Public Financing

The Brennan Center for Justice presents “The Benefits of Public Financing in New York State” Thursday, March 29, 2012 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law 161 Avenue of the Americas, 12th Floor New York, NY 10013 On March 29th, 2012, the Brennan Center kicks off a panel series […]

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NY LEAD Announces New Members Join Fight to Restore Fairness in Elections

New York Leadership for Accountable Government (NY LEAD) today announced that several new and prominent members have added their names to a growing list of New Yorker’s who are demanding comprehensive reform to the way elections are funded in the Empire State. Former Nebraska Senator and Governor Bob Kerrey, along with Danny Meyer, Charles Myers and Frank Selvaggi have joined NY LEAD to advocate for campaign finance reform in order to restore fairness and integrity to New York’s political process.

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NY LEAD Calls for Campaign Finance Reform For NYS to Restore Fairness in Elections

A bipartisan group of business, civic, and philanthropic leaders have joined to advocate for comprehensive reform to the way New York’s elections are funded in order to restore fairness and integrity to the Empire State’s political process. New York Leadership for Accountable Government (NY LEAD) is endorsing Governor Andrew Cuomo’s call for campaign finance reform, as outlined in his January State of the State address, and is calling for a system of public financing for New York State elections as the centerpiece of that overhaul.

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NY LEAD Calls for Campaign Finance Reform to Restore Fairness in Elections

A bipartisan group of New York business, civic, and philanthropic leaders have joined to advocate for comprehensive reform to the way elections are funded in the Empire State in order to restore fairness and integrity to New York’s political process. New York Leadership for Accountable Government (NY LEAD) is endorsing Governor Andrew Cuomo’s call for campaign finance reform, as outlined in his January State of the State address, and is calling for a system of public financing for New York State elections as the centerpiece of that overhaul.

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A System in Need of Reform

In 2010, as an anti-incumbent wave swept the nation, more than 18 percent of New York State legislators did not even have an opponent. We need competitive elections to have accountable government. Public campaign financing can help. In 2010, the Brennan Center for Justice examined the New York City system, showing that a system based […]

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Squeezed: Business Pressured to Fill Campaign Coffers

This study from the Committee for Economic Development hammers home a crucial point lost in the debates over campaign finance and political spending: business leaders are under pressure to contribute. Political donations seem to function almost as a tax on successful businesses — except it goes into campaign spending for politicians, rather than into the […]

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More Than 100 Groups Push Public Financing

A coalition of more than 100 organizations, including policy institutes, community groups, and labor and religious organizations, delivered a letter to Gov. Cuomo expressing their strong support for public financing in New York state elections, and calling on the governor to “press hard for the creation of a robust public financing program” during the upcoming […]

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