campaign finance reform

New England News
12:10 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Security Or Campaign Finance Reform? Which Message Did Gyrocopter Deliver To U.S. Capitol?

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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.

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New England News
5:35 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Gyrocopter Postman Delivered Campaign Finance Reform Message To Rep. Tonko

Congressmen Paul Tonko (D-NY) on left and Richard Neal (D-Mass.)
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The postman who flew his gyrocopter onto the lawn of the U.S. Capitol in hopes of raising awareness of campaign finance reform got his point across to at least one member of Congress.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Blair Horner: Targeting A Gaping Campaign Finance Loophole

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.”

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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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