Issues: Campaign Finance

Join the Fight to Protect Your Tax Dollars

Under the currently proposed “Campaign Finance Reform” plan New York State would be forcedto spend over $200 million in taxpayer money to fund political campaigns every year. That’s over$200 million that could instead be spent on investing in schools, fixing our roads, or restoring the Governor’s cuts to the developmentally disabled.

Even worse, taxpayers would be required to fund negative TV commercials, annoying robocalls and candidates expenditures for groceries, gas, babysitters, and personal cell phone bills, all while being forced to shell out their tax dollars to candidates they may not support.

June 17, 2013
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Sen. Krueger on Brian Lehrer: End-of-Session, Women’s Equality, and Campaign Finance Reform

Sen. Krueger called in to the Brian Lehrer show this morning to discuss the end of the legislative session and the high-priority legislation that's currently blocked by the Republican-IDC "coalition" in the Senate.

June 13, 2013
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Senate Passes Landmark Valesky Legislation Prohibiting Campaign Consultants from Lobbying the Officials They Help Elect

ALBANY, N.Y.—The New York State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator David J.

June 11, 2013
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Senator O'Brien applauds A.G.'s disclosure rules

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O’Brien expressed his strong support for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s new disclosure requirements for shadowy nonprofit organizations that abuse their status to engage in anonymous political campaigning, which took effect yesterday.

Since 2010, these political groups, operating under the cover of 501(c)(4) organization status, have pumped millions of dollars into races at all levels without having to disclose the origin of their funds. In the 2012 campaign, Virginia-based “Common Sense Principles,” a mysterious ‘nonprofit’ group, spent large sums of money in several New York State Senate races, including Senator O’Brien’s.

June 6, 2013
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

The Wee Small Hours of the Morning

This past week, my office received a phone call at 1:23 a.m. from an organizer at MoveOn.org who threatened to oust me from office unless I embrace a bill calling for taxpayer funding of political campaigns. The call came as no surprise as people who call empty offices in the dead of night have no real intention of entering into meaningful discussion.

So I’ll share my position here. To be clear, I consider taxpayer financed political campaigns to be one of the most blatant exploitations of hard-working New Yorkers I have come across. Proponents claim it cleans up elections by taking money out of the game. It doesn’t. It merely substitutes your tax dollars for private donations.

June 4, 2013
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Public Hearing on Campaign Finance Reform

I visited Buffalo on May 13 with my IDC colleagues and Senator Tim Kennedy for a public hearing on campaign finance reform.

May 13, 2013
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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOWBy Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz32nd Senatorial District, Bronx County, New YorkTel. 718-991-3161

 

May 13, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins with Rabbi Marcus Burstein at the Reform Jewish Voice Annual Advocacy Day

Leader Stewart-Cousins spoke about Campaign Finance Reform and Women's Equality Agenda at the Reform Jewish Voice of NYS Advocacy Day which took place at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY. Pictured with her is Rabbi Marcus Burstein of Westchester Reform Temple.

May 7, 2013
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Senator Valesky Introduces Legislative Reform Package Including Legislation Prohibiting Lobbyists from Engaging in Political Consulting

ALBANY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) has introduced a package of legislation aimed at preventing corruption. 

May 6, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Stands with Progressive Coalition to Demand Fair Elections

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Today, a diverse coalition demanded robust campaign finance reform with public financing at its core outside the Erie County Board of Elections. NYS Senator Tim Kennedy, NYS Assemblyman Sean Ryan, Organizing for Action, the Clean Air Coalition, Citizen Action, the Coalition for Economic Justice and several other organizations spoke Thursday morning in favor of passing reform.  

April 26, 2013
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SQUADRON SLAMS SENATE REPUBLICANS FOR BLOCKING BILL TO MAKE NY NATIONAL LEADER IN FIGHT AGAINST CITIZENS UNITED

Squadron: In Aftermath of Scandals, Senate Should Be Ashamed To Block Campaign Finance Reform & Choose Corporate Special Interests Over People

ALBANY – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron slammed Senate Republicans for blocking his campaign finance reform legislation that would make New York a national leader in the fight against the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision and give people, rather than corporations, a stronger voice in the political process.

The "Corporate Political Activity Accountability to Shareholders Act" (S177) would require shareholder approval for corporate political contributions, public disclosure of the contributions, and justification of the business rationale for making them.

April 22, 2013
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Senate Republicans to Hold Hearing on New York City Public Finance Abuses

Senate Republicans today announced they will hold a public hearing within the next few weeks to examine New York City’s often abused public finance system amid calls by Democrats and good-government groups to replicate the system statewide.  The hearing will be led by Senate Elections Chair Thomas O’Mara and will include key lawmakers, experts on the City’s public finance system and good government advocates.

The City’s model, which provides candidates with a 6-to-1 taxpayer match, appears rife with abuse.

April 18, 2013
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Senator Valesky, Independent Democratic Conference Release Comprehensive Plan to Overhaul Campaign Finance Laws

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) proposed sweeping reforms to New York State’s current campaign finance laws. The IDC’s plan would introduce a comprehensive system of public campaign financing under which all qualifying candidates would be eligible to receive public matching funds. Candidates opting not to participate in the public financing system would be required to participate in a completely overhauled campaign finance system. 

April 16, 2013
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ADDABBO SAYS, “ACTION MUST BE TAKEN TO REFORM NEW YORK STATE ELECTIONS PROCESS, PROVIDE MORE LEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR CANDIDATES”

Queens, NY, April 15, 2013 --  Saying that “we need to get to work right now to clean up our elections system and prove once and for all that our democratic constitutional republic is not for sale to the highest bidders,” New York State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.

April 15, 2013
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Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein and the Independent Democratic Conference Release Comprehensive Plan to Overhaul Campaign Finance Laws and Implement Comprehensive Public Financing System for State Elections

 

April 12, 2013 - Today, Senate Co-Leader and Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and members of the IDC proposed sweeping reforms to New York State’s current campaign finance laws. The IDC’s proposal would introduce a comprehensive system of public campaign financing under which all qualifying candidates would be eligible to receive public matching funds. Under the IDC’s plan, candidates opting not to participate in the public financing system would be required to participate in a completely overhauled campaign finance system.

 

April 12, 2013
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SENATOR GALLIVAN WELCOMES STRONGER ETHICS STANDARDS FOR PUBLIC OFFICIALS

"A spate of recent allegations and arrests involving downstate elected officials have given every New Yorker pause and reason to question the integrity of their elected representative government in Albany. Elected officials are empowered by the people and entrusted to honestly advocate on their behalf. This is a central compact that allows democratic government to function and flourish."

April 9, 2013
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Sen. Krueger in Politicker: "Our wild-west campaign finance laws have nurtured a culture of corruption"

In Politicker's continuing coverage of the wave of federal arrests of politicians and political party officials, Liz makes the case that real campaign finance reform is necessary to truly clean up New York politics.

April 4, 2013
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Observer-Dispatch: "Cecilia Tkaczyk is the kind of person we need in government."

Thank you to the Observer-Dispatch for their Sunday editorial (March 24, 2013). I greatly appreciate the recognition of my efforts, and will continue to work hard and fight for my constituents. Click this link to view the editorial.

March 25, 2013
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Legislation for the Common Good: Where Did it Go? Why You Should Care About Campaign Finance Reform

Join Senator Krueger and our distinguished panel as we discuss the importance of our broken campaign finance system, the effort to reform it that's underway, and the practical effects this issue has on the lives of everyday New Yorkers and our community as a whole.

April 11, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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Senator Martins Take Part in LWV Forum

Senator Jack M. Martins took part in a forum last night, hosted by the League of Women Voters, in Manhasset about campaign finance reform. Other panelists included Assemblywoman Michele Schimel, NYS League of Women Voters director Carol Mellor and Ian Vandewalker, Democracy Program Counsel for the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.

 

March 8, 2013
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