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Bad news for campaign reform, election fairness

4/9/14 · By Lawrence Norden and Frederick A.O. Schwarz Jr · The Journal News

April 1 was a bad day for New York. After years of promising comprehensive campaign finance reform, including small-donor public financing, Gov. Andrew Cuomo let the Legislature pass a budget that removed it, and agreed to shut down his Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption — the single biggest tool he had to secure real […]

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Ethics, campaign finance oversight just got weaker in Albany, say observers

4/8/14 · By Michael Gormley · Newsday

ALBANY — The morning after the legislature passed the fourth straight on-time state budget, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders grinned in front of news cameras, gripped a white ash Adirondack baseball bat, and declared they hit a grand slam. But some lawmakers and political observers said that leaders’ most potent weapon in this […]

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New York reacts to Cuomo’s broken promise on Fair Elections

April 8, 2014 · by

New Yorkers are disappointed in Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders’ failure to fix Albany’s broken system of campaign financing, and they’re not alone. Media outlets across the state are reacting to Cuomo’s broken promise on Fair Elections. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: State budget on time, but off base on ethics reforms Cuomo’s much-professed intention to […]

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Advocates say Cuomo missed chance to counteract Supreme Court ruling

4/4/14 · By Karen DeWitt · WRVO

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 Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers missed a key chance this week to counter act the ruling. Karen Scharff, with the Fair Elections Coalition, said the Supreme Court ruling means […]

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Lost opportunity on ethics

4/4/14 · By Editorial Board · Crain's New York

New Yorkers don’t trust their state legislators much, and with good reason: At least 30 have left office since 1999 because of transgressions ranging from inflating their expenses to sexual harassment to taking bribes. Countless other lawmakers have kept their seats despite illicit or unethical activity. And beyond legislators’ criminal behavior, their legal activities also […]

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OUR VIEW: State must not abandon campaign finance reform

4/1/14 · By Editorial Board · Utica Observer Dispatch

While Gov. Cuomo and state legislators are patting themselves on the back for approving an on-time budget, some of them should be kicking themselves in the backside for failing to include a comprehensive system of public campaign finance reform in the package. Instead, lawmakers approved an “experimental” public campaign financing plan that affects only one […]

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It’s Andrew Cuomo’s Fault!

4/3/14 · By Abby Rapoport · The American Prospect

This year was supposed to be different in New York. After failing to pass a comprehensive public financing system during the last legislative session, advocates for the measure believed this year, they would get the deed done, and New York state would match small-dollar donations with public funds, allowing campaigns with low-level donors to compete […]

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Advocate Says Cuomo Missed Chance to Counteract Supreme Court Ruling

4/3/14 · By Karen DeWitt · WXXI News

The US 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 Cuomo and lawmakers missed a key chance this week to counteract the ruling. Karen Scharff, with the Fair Elections Coalition, says the Supreme Court ruling means that anyone […]

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