Issues: Campaign Finance

SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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Join the Fight Against Welfare for Politicians

Wealthy special-interest groups from New York City and Washington, D.C. want to hijack your taxes and create a taxpayer-financed state election system to the tune of more than $200 million per year. And you can bet it will cost us a lot more than that.

Instead of lowering property taxes, investing in our schools or creating jobs we desperately need, they want you – the taxpayer – to foot the bill for their outrageously expensive political campaigns.

Worse, they’re demanding the same system that’s spawned nothing but scandal and corruption in New York City. It’s an affront to our common sense.

I refuse to support using your tax dollars to pay for any political campaign.

March 27, 2014
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Peralta On Senate Budget Resolution

Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta

“Where there is a will there is a way.

"And clearly there is the political will for campaign financing, but not for helping young immigrants get a college degree.

“Senate Republicans argued against using tax dollars for campaign financing, just as they had previously argued against spending tax revenue on the DREAM Act.

"But whereas the Senate’s house budget features campaign financing, it excludes the DREAM Act, kicking to the curb, yet again, the hopes and aspirations of young people whose zeal to live, work, pay taxes and prosper in this great country is being held against them.

"I am happy about the inclusion of campaign financing, which I wholeheartedly support.  I am deeply disappointed and frustrated by the exclusion of the DREAM Act.

"I call on the governor and my Republican Senate colleagues to seize the opportunity we have here in New York to build on the growing national consensus around the need for immigration reform and the obvious economic benefits of doing right by our young people.”

March 13, 2014
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Senator Valesky Answers Questions at Live Q&A

Senator David J. Valesky answered questions from constituents during a live Q&A hosted by syracuse.com. Topics included tax relief, the Route 81 project, campaign finance reform, and the Common Core.

February 7, 2014
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IDC PAC Has $1M, Klein $1.6M

The Independent Democratic Conference’s political action committee will report about $1 million in cash on hand this fundraising cycle.

Combined, the IDC has about $3.6 million, when counting its four members, Sens. Jeff Klein, Diane Savino, David Carlucci and David Valesky.

Klein, the Senate’s co-president, has $1.6 million in the bank.

January 22, 2014
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Report Shows Heavy Lobbying Efforts, Campaign Contributions by Pro-Fracking Interests

By MATTHEW DONDIEGO, Legislative Gazette

January 14, 2014

A new report released Monday shows pro-fracking interest groups have spent a staggering $64.3 million on campaign contributions and lobbying efforts in recent years to pressure state lawmakers to allow high-volume hydraulic fracturing in New York.

Hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as "fracking," is a natural gas extraction process that blasts high volumes of water, sand and chemicals into gas-rich rock formations to release the natural gas.

January 22, 2014
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Voters Getting Jobbed

by Ed Griffin-Nolan/Syracuse New Times - Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

It’s time for state legislators to stop moonlighting.

December 16, 2013
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Senator Stavisky Meets with Francis Lewis High School Seniors to Discuss Government, Politics and Civic Involvement

Flushing, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) met with Crystal Ng, Emily Chen and Myung Jin (Jenna) Kim, three students from Francis Lewis High School, to discuss government, politics and civic engagement as part of an assignment for their social studies class.

 

December 12, 2013
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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

32nd Senatorial District, Bronx County, New York

Tel. 718-991-3161

The Magnificent Seven Members of the Moreland Commission

Late Monday afternoon, after most people had left work for the day, the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption released its preliminary report. The Moreland Commission, as it is commonly called, was convened by Governor Andrew Cuomo in July and included significant involvement from members of his staff.

December 4, 2013
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DO THEY WHAT WANT ME TO VOTE FOR THIS CONNIVING WAY OF PERSECUTION?

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

32nd Senatorial District, Bronx County, New York

Tel. 718-991-3161

 

DO THEY WHAT WANT ME TO VOTE FOR THIS CONNIVING WAY OF PERSECUTION?

 

You should know that during this past Senate session, Senator Simcha Felder and I, were criticized for being the only two Democratic Senators who voted against and caused the so called “Election Reform Legislation” to be defeated in the state.

August 7, 2013
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Senator O'Brien praises action on legislative reform

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O'Brien applauded Governor Cuomo's announcement of a Moreland Commission to investigate the legislature and restore faith in Albany. After serious ethics violations and alleged lawbreaking took place, the legislature failed to enact meaningful reform.

July 2, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins on The Brian Lehrer Show (Source: WNYC)

Source: WNYC

Leader Stewart-Cousins was on The Brian Lehrer Show this morning to discuss what still needed to be done before the end of session, including the gambling expansion plan, ethics and campaign finance reform, and the women's equality agenda.

Click here to listen to the show.

June 21, 2013
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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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