campaign finance

NYS Senator Sponsors Bill For Ethics Package

Apr 19, 2013
Courtesy of Terry Gipson

A New York State Senator from the Hudson Valley says a legislative ethics package unveiled this week by the Senate Democratic Conference includes one of his bills.

Democratic Senator Terry Gipson says the ethics package is designed to reform state government and combat ongoing corruption issues.

He says current laws regulating usage of campaign funds are lax, with little oversight.

The Senate Democratic Conference also announced support for the principles of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed Public Trust Act, intended to crack down on political corruption.

Steve Johnson/Flickr

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

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says he does not believe an investigation into possible campaign finance violations was what prompted Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray to skip the 2014 governor's race.

Patrick told reporters on Friday that Murray has answered "a lot of pointed questions" about the case and that he has full trust in the lieutenant governor.

Wikimedia Commons

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Middlebury man who owned two roll-your-own tobacco shops in Waterbury has pleaded guilty for his role in an alleged campaign financing plot surrounding former House Speaker Chris Donovan's one-time congressional campaign.

Forty-year-old Paul Rogers pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of devising a scheme to bribe a public official, one count of conspiring to make false statements to the Federal Election Commission and impeding the agency's enforcement of federal campaign finance laws.

Court won't hear campaign finance arguments

Jan 7, 2013
Rob Crawley / Flickr

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from an anti-abortion group that wanted to be exempted from campaign finance disclosure regulations.

The high court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from The Real Truth About Abortion, Inc., which was formerly called The Real Truth About Obama, Inc. The group wanted to stop the Federal Election Commission and the Justice Department from enforcing fundraising and advertising regulations against it.

Governor Cuomo says he will soon introduce legislation to regulate electioneering activities by some not for profits that have become increasingly influential players  in funding political campaigns.

Thursday was the deadline for candidates to file their post-election campaign finance reports with the Vermont Secretary of State's office. They indicate that incumbents spent far less than challengers and that Political Action Committees were not very successful in getting their candidates elected in the state.

New campaign finance reports show that Vermont Republican gubernatorial challenger Randy Brock spent more than $806,000 in his unsuccessful attempt to unseat Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin.

In campaign finance reports filed Thursday, Brock said he spent $806,647, which included a $300,000 loan he made to his campaign.

Shumlin's finance report says he spent $320,761 and he still has $932,975 on hand.

Thursday was a deadline for candidates to file their post-election campaign finance reports with the Secretary of State's office.

During tonight’s presidential debate, citizen groups are calling for the issue of campaign financing to be raised to candidates Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Vermonters may soon know more about two new political action committees that are trying to influence election outcomes here.

The Republican-oriented group Vermonters First had pumped $70,000 into independent ads supporting auditor candidate Vince Illuzzi and treasurer candidate Wendy Wilton as of last week.

Meanwhile, the liberal PAC Vermont Priorities has been raising money and also is hoping to have an impact this election season.