campaign finance reform

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Congressional Corner With Brad Hays

    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.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Congressional Corner With Brad Hays

    Is campaign spending free speech, a scourge in our politics, or both?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays and WAMC’s Alan Chartock discuss last week’s Supreme Court decision.

New York News
4:58 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Reactions To Supreme Court Ruling Removing Campaign Contribution Limits

After the U.S. Supreme Court decision, thousands of Americans took to the streets, including these folks in Albany.

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.

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New York News
2:21 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Advocate: Cuomo Missed Chance To Counteract Supreme Court Ruling

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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.

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New York News
4:44 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Congressman Tonko Slams Supreme Court Decision

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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. 

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New York News
12:44 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

NYS Public Campaign Financing Effort Limited To Comptroller

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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.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Blair Horner: Albany's Campaign Finance Bait-And-Switch


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.

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New York News
11:28 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Cuomo, Lawmakers Adopt Limited Public Campaign Finance for State Comptroller's Race

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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.

Advocates spent a million dollars on television ads  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.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Blair Horner: The Governor's Historic Opportunity

Lawmakers return to the Capitol this week to tackle the big issue of the session: approving a state budget.  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.

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New York News
3:14 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

New York Lawmakers Push For Public Financing Of Elections

Three New York Congressmen have joined forces in an effort to fight big money in elections.

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.

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