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Frank Underwood Reacts To Governor Cuomo's Meddling In Anti-Corruption Commission

The New York Times released a bombshell investigation today into the questionable tactics employed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office to influence the Moreland Commission, the anti-corruption commission he created to clean up Albany. Here are some of the craziest parts of the stories, with reactions from two of our favorite shows about political scandals, House of Cards and Scandal.

NYT: Public Financing Required to Fight Corruption

The New York Times is out with an editorial today on what reform in Albany must look like in the wake of yet another wave or corruption in New York politics. It's simple: changing Albany and fighting corruption requires public financing of elections.

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 system hasn’t been cleaned up at all" -Jack Abramoff

These quotes from Abramoff that will air on 60 Minutes, obtained by Politico, speak for themselves.

Herman Cain's Got 999 Problems, but a Fundraising Pitch Ain't One

"In the last 24 hours, the Friends of Herman Cain campaign has had the single best day of fundraising since the start of the campaign," Mark Block, Cain's chief of staff, said Tuesday night.

The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and the British-coloured Scandal That Crossed the Pond

Here's a round-up of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's work for the week of July 11-July 15, 2011.

TAKE ACTION: Don't Let Fox's Campaign Cash Blind Investigators in Congress

Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch's British media empire is imploding with the news that his reporters hacked into the cell phones of a missing girl, former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and possibly even victims of terrorist attacks. At one point, they deleted the voicemails of the missing girl, misleading investigators to think she was stil alive.

Wilkes' 13

Pity the process server: thirteen House members were subpoenaed today in connection with the trial of defense contractor Brent Wilkes (the same gentleman whose bribes helped put former Rep. Duke Cunningham behind bars). Several names on the list of thirteen, who are teaming up to fight the subpoena, will be familiar to regular readers of this page.

Light Sentence, Long Investigation

The former chief of staff to ex-Rep. Bob Ney who wore a wire to help convict his old boss has avoided jail time for his involvement in the still-unfolding Jack Abramoff scandal. Though Will Heaton will be on probation for two years, his cooperation with authorities has spared him a stint behind bars. Ney, of course, was not so lucky and is currently serving a 30 month sentence.