New York

$54,000 a day

Sen. Hillary Clinton’s (D-N.Y) nomination as Secretary of State has opened up a vacancy with no dearth of applicants in the Empire State.

In the Washington Post today, the reporter and his sources handicap the race. And what was one of the requirements? Fundraising prowess. To be more exact, the candidate must be able to raise an estimated $35 million for their 2010 election to keep the seat.

Debating Clean Elections

It’s down to the wire and candidates on both sides of the political aisle are trading barbs on corruption and campaign contributions.

Costly Considerations

New York Governor David Paterson (D) took some heat when he said he wouldn't push for a Clean Elections public financing bill this year. He said it was for budget reasons but Bethany Foster of The Brennan Center wonders whether that budget shortfall was created by the kind of politics Clean Elections would help combat.

Drop Something, Gov. Paterson?

Hey, we know it's hectic when you start a new job but it seems that in all the chaos of assuming office following Eliot Spitzer's rather hasty departure New York Governor David Paterson forgot his reform agenda. The New York Times reminds him what it looked like.

We've seen some rather mixed messages from the Governor. He supports Clean Elections, but seems reluctant to put his weight behind any significant legislation to alter business as usual in Albany:

Faces of Reform

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle devotes today's "Friday faceoff" column to opposing views on Clean Elections. The Clean Elections supporter touts the value in cutting the cord between special interest money and legislators, the detractor doesn't like the requirements placed on third party candidates.

Clean Elections Introduced In New York

Elizabeth Benjamin at the New York Daily News covers New York City Council member Tony Avella's introduction yesterday of Clean Elections legislation to cover city races, an upgrade on New York's existing matching funds program. The article's a bit dismissive of Clean Elections in general but does mention the precedent for pursuing new campaign finance solutions in the city.

Paterson's Positions

As David Paterson takes the oath of office to become New York's new Governor today, the Gotham Gazette takes a look at what New York might expect from him, including what his record has been on corruption, campaign finance reform, and public financing of campaigns.

In his time in the state Senate, Paterson was a leader on public financing and is expected to continue to pursue many of the reforms that made up Eliot Spitzer's platform for cleaning up Albany:

Bopp Backwards

I could scratch my head until I hit grey matter and I still wouldn't understand this one. James Bopp Jr., a lawyer with a history of challenging campaign finance limits, has filed suit alleging that New York City's new limits on donations from industries that do business with the city is discriminatory against...minority candidates. Points for creativity, Mr. Bopp, but the logic leaves something to be desired.

Accountability in Albany

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle isn't pleased that the high cost of campaigning and resultant concentration of power among the small percentage of the population who can make significant campaign contributions. The paper urges Eliot Spitzer to continue in his efforts at a more transparent government, and to support Clean Elections public financing for state races.

Weekend Reading

Support for full public financing of elections graced a few editorial pages over the weekend with the Des Moines Register and the Syracuse Post-Standard both running letters to the editor in support of state and federal level Clean Elections-style proposals. Thanks to Susan West and G.T. Gerrard, respectively, for submitting those letters!