campaign finance reform

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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New York News
12:40 pm
Sat January 25, 2014

Prosecutor: Conservative Scholar Lied To Candidate

Dinesh D'Souza speaking at CPAC 2012.
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A prosecutor says a Republican U.S. Senate candidate from New York told investigators that a conservative scholar and author lied to her about the source of campaign donations.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie Cohen made the disclosure Friday as Dinesh D'Souza pleaded not guilty to charges that he violated campaign finance laws. D'Souza is the creator of the documentary "2016: Obama's America."

He was released after his Manhattan court appearance on $500,000 bond. His travel is restricted to the United States.

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New York News
11:29 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Reformers Happy With Cuomo Budget Proposal

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Government reform groups are pleased that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will put money in his new state budget to fund public financing of campaigns, as well as money for better enforcement of existing campaign laws.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Will New York See Political Reform In 2014?

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2013 saw more New York state lawmakers indicted, jailed, convicted, and even participating in the wire-tapping some of their colleagues.  The continued corruption spurred Governor Andrew Cuomo to appoint a commission to look into the legislature. Will 2014 be the year Albany finally sees reform?

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3:34 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Ben Cohen, Ben & Jerry's - Stamping The $ Out Of Politics

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream co-founder Ben Cohen
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Along with the familiar “In God We Trust”, the next one, five, ten or twenty dollar bill you hold may include another message, "Stamp Money Out of Politics".

It is part of the Stamp Stampede, lead by Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream founder, Ben Cohen. Ben Cohen says the Stamp Stampede, which he calls a petition on steroids, is about giving a voice to Americans who understand that unlimited campaign contributions are corrupting democracy. A rally by the group supporting the "Fair Elections Act" is scheduled for tomorrow. Cohen spoke with WAMC's Brian Shields.

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New York News
6:00 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Hundreds Rally for Stalled NY Public Campaign Finance Bill

Supporters of public campaign financing rally at the New York State Capitol in Albany, May 29, 2013.
Credit Karen DeWitt

Hundreds gathered at the State Capitol to rally for public financing of political campaigns. The measure remains in limbo in the State Senate and Governor Cuomo faces questions on whether he’s working hard enough for the proposal to pass.
They came in busses from all over New York to give state lawmakers their message- big money is corrupting politics. They say the state should adopt New York City’s public campaign finance system, which allows candidates to match every dollar they collect in small donations with seven dollars of government funds.

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Hudson Valley News
12:57 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

IDC Takes Proposed Campaign Finance Bill On The Road

Senators David Carlucci (left) and Jeff Klein (right)
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A group of New York state Senators held a public hearing Wednesday on a proposed campaign finance reform bill. They say with the most recent lawmaker names that have emerged in connection with a federal corruption investigation, the need for such reform is all the more urgent.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Congressional Corner with Paul Tonko

  Campaign finance reform has become a perpetual goal for reformers.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko, a Democrat who represents the 20th district, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he is hopeful a supportive bipartisan coalition can be cobbled together in the House.

Hudson Valley News
11:22 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

NYS Senator Says The Need For Reform Is Urgent

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A New York State senator from the Hudson Valley says he is disgusted by the latest political corruption case. His colleague, Democratic Senator John Sampson, faces several charges, including embezzlement.

Democratic Senator Terry Gipson says the Sampson case is another example of why there is an urgent need for comprehensive campaign finance and ethics reform in New York.

Sampson is the latest in a number of elected officials to be charged with political corruption this year.

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6:43 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Divisions Remain On Public Campaign Financing

Gov. Cuomo
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Recent bribery scandals involving state legislators have fueled discussion on campaign finance reform at the Capitol in Albany, with several politicians and advocacy groups pressing for publicly financed campaigns.  But a key faction in the legislature, Republicans in the state Senate, remains opposed.

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