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With Cuomo’s Support, Reformers Are Optimistic In New Year

Andrew Cuomo, Campaign Finance Reformers See 2013 As The Year For Change In New York Huffington Post Paul Blumenthal January 11, 2013 WASHINGTON — In each of his three State of the State addresses, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has given increasing levels of detail to his support for campaign finance reform in the […]

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Former Mayor Ed Koch: New York State Needs Campaign Finance Reform

Op-Ed: The only way to clean up Albany Let small donors power the system New York Daily News Ed Koch And Peter Zimroth  January 6, 2013 Nearly 25 years ago, we helped craft a campaign finance system for New York City that has enhanced our democracy ever since. By sharply limiting the amount any one […]

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New York Times: Cuomo Should Make Campaign Finance Reform Next Big Task

Editorial: Mr. Cuomo’s Next Big Task The New York Times December 1, 2012 Here’s one way Gov. Andrew Cuomo can match the acclaim he achieved by getting same-sex marriage approved in New York State: persuade the State Legislature to make New York’s system of electing legislators the fairest and most transparent in the country. Such […]

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Greenburg Poll: Super-majority of American Voters Oppose Big or Secret Political Contributions

New Poll: 64 Percent of Voters Think Big Donors and Secret Money Undermine Democracy The American people are tired of our broken campaign finance system, believe it’s corrupting our democracy, and want elected officials to take action, according to new polling released today by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner for Democracy Corps and Public Campaign Action Fund. […]

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A Reverend’s Thoughts on Campaign Finance Reform

Seminary president: Faith leaders, it’s time to overturn Citizens United The Washington Post By Katharine Rhodes Henderson November 27, 2012 I recently read the heartbreaking, moving story of Tracy Abruzzo, who, like thousands of other families, lost her home in the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy. Following the storm, she and her husband sifted through the rubble Sandy […]

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Albany Times-Union: Enforcement of Campaign Laws Needed

Editorial: Campaign Law Rhetoric, Reality Albany Times-Union October 23, 2012 For responses to this editorial, click here.  THE ISSUE: Leave it to Pedro Espada to drive home the state’s inability to its enforce election laws. THE STAKES: The Legislature needs to change that. It’s impossible, this close to Election Day, to have a conversation with a candidate for state Legislature without […]

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Rapoport in Times-Union: Reform State’s Campaign Finance

Letter to the Editor: Reform State’s Campaign Finance Albany Times-Union Miles Rapoport October 28, 2012 Across the nation and in New York, corporations and wealthy individuals are making huge campaign contributions that drown out the voices of middle- and working-class voters. Full funding of the Board of Elections and stronger contribution disclosure, as called for in the editorial […]

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Camarda in Times-Union: Public Match Key to Success

Letter to the Editor: Public match key to reform success Albany Times-Union Alex Camarda October 28, 2012 The editorial declaration that reforming the state’s campaign finance laws to replicate New York City’s public match of small donors is “beyond the politics of the possible” makes little sense, especially with the post-Nov. 6 political landscape unknown. Beyond […]

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Fmr. NYC Mayor Koch in the Huffington Post: Money Is Corrupting Our Elections

Op-Ed: Money Is Corrupting Our Elections — It Can Be Stopped The Huffington Post Ed Koch April 24, 2012 On April 14, the New York Times published an editorial discussing the efforts and direction of a newly formed committee, New York Leadership for Accountable Government. The Times praises the committee’s efforts to bring public financing to New York State elections for the […]

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Fmr. Senator Feingold in NY Daily News: End Big Money’s Stranglehold on NY

Op-Ed: End Big Money’s Stranglehod on New York New York Daily News Russ Feingold April 19, 2012 In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court issued the Citizens United ruling, which is doing more damage to our democracy than any decision in modern American history. In 2012, led by Gov. Cuomo, New York has a chance to […]

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