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A New York state lawmaker from the Hudson Valley has introduced legislation calling for the public financing of elections of state Supreme Court judges and district attorneys.

The Vermont Attorney General's office has filed a civil lawsuit claiming the publicly-financed candidate in last year’s race for lieutenant governor committed campaign finance violations. Now, the former candidate has filed a countersuit.

Skelos: No Contradictions On Public Campaign Finance

May 15, 2014
Karen DeWitt

The leader of the New York State Senate Republicans has offered some hope that the state’s public campaign finance system could be expanded before the session is over. 

Blair Horner: The First To Choose Public Financing

May 12, 2014

Last week brought “good news and bad news” on the reform front.

The New York State Comptroller says he won’t be participating in a new pilot public campaign finance program agreed to in the state budget, and government reform groups say, they don’t blame him.

Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

The New York Senate for the first time includes Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan for public campaign financing in its budget resolution.  The sparsely worded proposal has left supporters and opponents trying to sort through the political tea leaves.

Protestors Brave Cold To Call For Public Financing

Dec 13, 2013
Karen DeWitt

A small group of advocates demonstrated in favor of public campaign financing in Albany Friday, following a report by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission favoring the idea.

Fair elections supporters held a conference call this week to push for New York State campaign finance reform and public funding of elections.

A coalition of citizen activist groups including Citizen Action and the Working Families Party used the call as a platform to state their case for establishing a public financing system for New York state elections.

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.

Karen DeWitt

A hearing by Senate Republicans on New York City’s public campaign financing system was overshadowed by protests, as government reform groups and other members of the public were denied entry, and noisy protests ensued.

The Senate GOP sent out notices that there would be a public hearing on what the Republicans say are the “abuses” in New York City’s public campaign finance system.