campaign finance reform http://wamc.org en Congressional Corner With Brad Hays http://wamc.org/post/congressional-corner-brad-hays-12 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays and WAMC’s Alan Chartock continue their discussion of campaign finance and the Supreme Court.</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:50:00 +0000 Alan Chartock 87694 at http://wamc.org Congressional Corner With Brad Hays Congressional Corner With Brad Hays http://wamc.org/post/congressional-corner-brad-hays-11 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Is campaign spending free speech, a scourge in our politics, or both?</p><p>In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays and WAMC’s Alan Chartock discuss last week’s Supreme Court decision.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:50:00 +0000 Alan Chartock 87693 at http://wamc.org Congressional Corner With Brad Hays Reactions To Supreme Court Ruling Removing Campaign Contribution Limits http://wamc.org/post/reactions-supreme-court-ruling-removing-campaign-contribution-limits <p></p><p>New York's campaign finance system may be about to change, but not the way good-government groups and many Democrats in public office had hoped for. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.</p><p>Wednesday morning, in a 5-to-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down overall contribution limits to federal campaigns and committees. Observers say the ruling could have an immediate impact on the 2014 midterm elections, and the decision opens the door to a possible challenge to New York's campaign contribution limits.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:58:49 +0000 Dave Lucas 87406 at http://wamc.org Reactions To Supreme Court Ruling Removing Campaign Contribution Limits Advocate: Cuomo Missed Chance To Counteract Supreme Court Ruling http://wamc.org/post/advocate-cuomo-missed-chance-counteract-supreme-court-ruling <p>The U.S. Supreme Court Decision <em>McCutcheon v FEC</em>, striking down some campaign donation limits, is expected to have an effect in New York. Reform advocates say Governor Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers missed a key chance this week to counteract the ruling.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:21:42 +0000 Karen DeWitt 87369 at http://wamc.org Advocate: Cuomo Missed Chance To Counteract Supreme Court Ruling Congressman Tonko Slams Supreme Court Decision http://wamc.org/post/congressman-tonko-slams-supreme-court-decision <p>Congressman Paul Tonko has condemned the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the McCutcheon v. FEC case that ruled caps on the total amount of money an individual can contribute to political campaigns and Political Action Committees (PACs) are unconstitutional.</p><p>Wednesday morning, in a 5-to-4 decision, the US Supreme Court struck down overall contribution limits to federal campaigns and committees. Tonko branded the decision "flawed" - saying America should be a government of the many, not the money.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:44:18 +0000 Dave Lucas 87307 at http://wamc.org Congressman Tonko Slams Supreme Court Decision NYS Public Campaign Financing Effort Limited To Comptroller http://wamc.org/post/nys-public-campaign-financing-effort-limited-comptroller <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York lawmakers are being criticized by good-government advocates for a budget agreement that tests public campaign financing only with the state comptroller’s race, and only for one year.</p><p></p><p>"The comptroller-only plan that was passed late last night is really very flawed."&nbsp; Common Cause New York Executive Director Susan Lerner says it's back to business as usual with the governor's blessing.</p><p>The $140 billion spending plan signed Tuesday morning includes testing public campaign finance in the state comptroller race this year.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:44:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 87173 at http://wamc.org NYS Public Campaign Financing Effort Limited To Comptroller Blair Horner: Albany's Campaign Finance Bait-And-Switch http://wamc.org/post/blair-horner-albanys-campaign-finance-bait-and-switch <p align="left">Once the state's political leaders got past the congratulatory "atta-boys" and backslapping on their most recent effort to reform Albany, the public was left to dig through the details of the legislative agreement.</p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:50:00 +0000 Blair Horner 87088 at http://wamc.org Cuomo, Lawmakers Adopt Limited Public Campaign Finance for State Comptroller's Race http://wamc.org/post/cuomo-lawmakers-adopt-limited-public-campaign-finance-state-comptrollers-race <p>Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers have agreed to a very limited form of campaign finance reform in the state budget, it would only apply to the state Comptroller’s race.</p><p>Advocates spent a million dollars on television ads &nbsp;and countless hours lobbying and holding demonstrations in favor of adopting a publicly funded, matching small donor system for statewide races, including the governor and the legislature.</p><p></p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 15:28:41 +0000 Karen Dewitt 86991 at http://wamc.org Cuomo, Lawmakers Adopt Limited Public Campaign Finance for State Comptroller's Race Blair Horner: The Governor's Historic Opportunity http://wamc.org/post/blair-horner-governors-historic-opportunity <p>Lawmakers return to the Capitol this week to tackle the big issue of the session: approving a state budget.&nbsp; As part of that $140 billion plus decision, lawmakers will be forced to also debate a key issue: reforming the state’s campaign finance and ethics laws.</p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 20:50:00 +0000 Blair Horner 84522 at http://wamc.org New York Lawmakers Push For Public Financing Of Elections http://wamc.org/post/new-york-lawmakers-push-public-financing-elections <p></p><p>Three New York Congressmen have joined forces in an effort to fight big money in elections.</p><p>Last week the House Democrats introduced a bill to create public financing of elections for federal elections. Just two weeks before that, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his intention to create publicly financed elections for the state legislature and for all statewide offices.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:14:42 +0000 Dave Lucas 83914 at http://wamc.org New York Lawmakers Push For Public Financing Of Elections