New York

The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and How the GOP House Will Stop at Nothing to Further Empower Special Interests

Here's a recap of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's (PCAF) work from November 21 through December 2, 2011.

How Many More Times Does This Have to Happen, New York?

Deja vu, anyone? Yet another in a long line of scandals has hit the New York State Assembly. This time it's Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. (again), who allegedly collected a $3,800 bribe from an undercover FBI agent at a fundraiser in Brooklyn, according to New York Capitol News.

The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and the Realities of a Post-Citizens United World

Here's a round-up of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's work for the week of June 13-17, 2011.

A Solid First Step in New York

Last week New York state Comptroller, Tom DiNapoli, proposed legislation that would allow candidates for the Comptroller's office the option of using public financing. The Albany Times Union opined on the proposal yesterday, joining the New York Times in editorializing in favor of the measure.

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The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and How Rep. Darrell Issa Learned to NOT Blame Big Oil

Here's a round-up of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's work for the week of May 23-27, 2011.

New York State Legislature Rocked By Yet Another Corruption Scandal

The New York Times reports today on yet another corruption scandal in the New York state legislature. Brooklyn Sen. Carl Kruger (D), along with state Assemblyman William F. Boyland Jr. (D), and Richard Lipsky, an influential lobbyist, are expected to turn themsleves in on corruption charges today.

Gov. Cuomo to Receive Letter Urging Him to Strongly Back Publicly Financed Voter-Owned Elections

The Wall Street Journal reports that Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) will receive a letter today signed by several prominent former politicians, political donors, and clergy urging him to push for publicly financed Voter-Owned Elections for statewide and legislative campaigns in New York. Signed by the likes of former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley and former Mayor Ed Koch, the letter calls for Gov.

Update from New York

Advocates and members of the State Assembly have begun a push to bring publicly financed Voter-Owned Elections to New York state. The proposed measure is popular with the public, as evidenced by a recent Sienna Poll that found that 70 percent of New Yorkers support publicly financed Voter-Owned Elections.

BREAKING NEWS: New York Gov. Cuomo Comes Out For Public Financing Of Elections

In his State of the State address today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) called for a sweeping government reform package that includes public financing of elections for the state legislature. His "Clean Up Albany" agenda also calls for outlawing “pay to play” to limit the impact of special interests in the legislative process.

"It's time to pass ethics reform and it's time to pass ethics reform now...We're going to end pay-to-play...and we need public financing of campaigns," said Gov. Cuomo.

Supreme Bribery

It's a day that ends in Y this week, so someone must be getting indicted.

The Justice Department has charged former New York Supreme Court Justice Thomas Spargo with attempted extortion and federal program bribery.