New York

How April In New York Can Change The Country

Public Campaign Action Fund board member Zephyr Teachout had this piece in the Huffington Post last night, which discusses how the campaign to bring Fair Elections to New York State can change the big money landscape all over the country.

News Roundup: Cecilia Tkaczyk's Victory in New York

Two months after Election Day the votes have finally been counted and Democrat Cecelia Tkaczyk will become the new State Senator from the 46th district in New York. She won by 19 votes in a district that was specifically created to elect Republican Assemblyman George Amedore. The campaign turned on the issue of money-in-politics—making this win an important one in the fight to pass Fair Elections in New York State.

BREAKING NY NEWS: Strong Fair Elections Supporter Prevails in Critical State Senate Race

This morning Fair Elections supporter Cecilia Tkaczyk officially became the newest state senator in New York, after all the votes were finally counted. Cecilia Tkaczyk's victory is a major boost to the campaign for publicly financed Fair Elections in New York. 

PRESS RELEASE: New York Gov. Cuomo Calls For New York City-style Public Financing Of Elections For State

In his State of the State address yesterday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged his support for the legislature to pass publicly financed Fair Elections legislation to curb the influence of big money in New York politics.

Cuomo in his SoS: "...we need to implement a public finance system like in New York City. It works well there, and it will work well for the state too.“

Sam Waterston Joins Fight for Fair Elections in New York

Public Campaign, along with allies in New York and national partners, have enlisted the support of famous Law & Order actor Sam Waterston for the campaign to bring Fair Elections reform to the state. Waterston appeared in a video where he makes the case for Fair Elections and urges New Yorkers to contact their lawmakers to back the long-overdue measure. 

New York Attorney General Launches Probe Into Contributions To Tax Exempt Groups

The New York Times reports today on New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's launch of an investigation into contributions made to tax exempt groups that are heavily involved in political campaigns. The story notes that reform groups have pushed the FEC and the IRS for years to take action, to no avail.

New York Enviros: "the greatest threat to our environment here in New York may be an unlikely suspect: big money."

The Atlantic Chapter of Sierra Club and WE ACT for Environmental Justice have a compelling op-ed today in Newsday calling for the state legislature to act on Fair Elections legislation that is currently before both houses.

The groups note that they seldom stray from purely environmental issues, but that the big money influence, particularly in the "fracking" fight, has become too much to ignore.

How To Beat Citizens United

The Washington Post's E.J. Dionne has an op-ed today on fighting big money influence in our elections post-Citizens Uinted. He looks to the Fair Elections campaign that is underway in New York state that could bring public financing to state legislative races.

Public Campaign's Nick Nyhart and Citizen Action NY's Karen Scharff Talk Fair Elections on The Capitol Pressroom

It's been a busy week for the campaign to bring Fair Elections to New York. Public Campaign President Nick Nyhart, along with Citizen Action New York's Executive Director Karen Scharff appeared on the radio yesterday to talk about the major campaign to bring Fair Elections to state legislative races. You can listen to their appearance here.

End Big Money's Stranglehold on NY

Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-NY), one of the country's leading voices for reforming our broken political system, has a great op-ed in the New York Daily News today:

In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court issued the Citizens United ruling, which is doing more damage to our democracy than any decision in modern American history. In 2012, led by Gov. Cuomo, New York has a chance to fight back by enacting state-based, publicly funded campaign reforms.