campaign finance reform

New York News
12:58 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Push Is On For NY Fair Elections

Proponents of fair elections, particularly in New York, argue that ordinary citizens are denied a real chance at being heard in an election because running for office is expensive and the average citizen is unable contribute substantial sums of money to help fund any given campaign.

Supporters say a fair elections law would restore trust in government by giving prospective candidates for office access to public funding. For example: for each dollar raised, a taxpayer-financed public fund would match that dollar with six dollars.

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New York News
5:54 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

NYS Assembly weighs in with ethics bill

At the New York State Capitol, lawmakers are scrambling to put forward plans to react to the latest twin corruption scandals involving bribery charges against a State Senator and Assemblyman.  As Karen DeWitt reports, Tuesday it was the Assembly Democrats’ turn to weigh in. Governor Andrew Cuomo also rolled out two more components of his own reform plan.

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Hudson Valley News
12:50 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

NYS Senator Announces Campaign Finance Reform Legislation

Credit Office of NYS Senator David Carlucci

A New York State Senator who is part of the Independent Democratic Conference will announce the IDC’s campaign finance reform package later this afternoon. The proposals come in the wake of a far-reaching political corruption scandal in the state.

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New York News
12:45 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Karen Scharf, Citizen Action of New York - passing campaign finance reform in NY

Karen Scharf

A television ad, urging the state legislature to pass campaign finance reform this year, is airing statewide in New York. A number of groups are behind the spot which shows people with tape over their mouths, indicating how the average citizen is silenced compared to big money donors. Karen Scharf is the executive director of Citizen Action of New York. She spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Campaign Finance Bill Debated in Vermont Senate Committee

Credit Steve Johnson/Flickr

A Vermont Senate Committee on Tuesday delayed a vote  on a bill to tighten the state’s campaign finance laws.

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New York News
12:15 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Cuomo tackles campaign finance reform in telephone town hall

Credit Times Union Website Crime Confidential Blog

With a new poll showing his favorability rating slipping, Governor Andrew Cuomo made an appearance by telephone last night to weigh in on fair elections in New York.  

Billed as a Fair Elections Telephone Town Hall with Governor Cuomo, it provided a vehicle for the state's top executive to argue his case for a campaign finance model that mirrors one in place in New York City.

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Vox Pop
3:00 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Vox Pop : Open Forum – $ in Politics : 7/10/12

Yesterday, President Barack Obama's campaign and the democratic party said they raised $71 million dollars in the month of June, well below the $106 million hauled in by rival Mitt Romney and the republicans. Obama campaign officials have warned the fundraising deficit could harm the president's chances of winning re-election.  

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Midday Magazine
1:00 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Midday Magazine – Charles Albanetti, Citizen Action of New York

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to introduce a plan for state campaign finance reform. Supporters of what they refer to as a “fair election system” are holding a press conference this hour outside the Rensselaer County Board of Elections office in Troy.

Charles Albanetti, communications director with Citizen Action of New York, tells WAMC’s Brian Shields the coalition wants a system where candidates are as even as possible when it comes to campaign financing.