The mailman who landed his gyrocopter on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol spurred plenty of chatter in the hallowed halls, but most is not about what he was trying to get the elected officials to pay attention to.
Most New Yorkers correctly assume that the state’s campaign finance system is a mess. New York has the highest campaign contribution limits of any state that has limits, the law is riddled with loopholes and enforcement is essentially nonexistent. One government-appointed commission described New York’s campaign finance law as a “disgrace.”
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.
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.
The U.S. Supreme Court Decision McCutcheon v FEC, 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.
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.
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.
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.
"The comptroller-only plan that was passed late last night is really very flawed." Common Cause New York Executive Director Susan Lerner says it's back to business as usual with the governor's blessing.
The $140 billion spending plan signed Tuesday morning includes testing public campaign finance in the state comptroller race this year.
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.