Issues: Campaign Finance

March 14, 2011
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On Anniversary of Citizens United, Squadron Unveils Bill to Rein In Corporate Spending

By David Freedlander

January 21, 2011 | 6:09 p.m

It was a year ago today that the Supreme Court, in the Citizens United decision, gave corporation unlimited power to spend money in elections without disclosing who they are donating to.

Today, Brooklyn Senator Daniel Squadron and Queens Assemblyman Rory Lancman announced that they have reintroduced a bill that would require corporations that give money to Albany to obtain shareholder approval of any donations and would force the businesses to produce a business rationale for the the bill both to their shareholders and to New York's Secretary of State.

February 23, 2011
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Senator Krueger Explains Her Legislation on Campaign Funds Usage & Disclosure of Lobbyist Contributions

On Monday, Senator Krueger joined her colleagues in the Democratic Conference in urging the Republican Majority to keep their promise and take action on comprehensive ethics, campaign finance and independent redistricting reform. In doing so, Senator Krueger called specific attention to her legislation (S.3053 / Krueger) that would set specific requirements for reporting lobbyist donations and for the ways in which campaign funds can be used.

February 15, 2011
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State Senate Democrats Push for a Debate on Ethics Package

By Meghan Keneally

February 14, 2011 | 2:02 p.m

State Senate Democrats unveiled a comprehensive ethics package today and called on it to pass quickly in order to reinsure voters that an election season promise is being honored.

Minority leader John Sampson said that the Democrats' six-part bill that will cover a variety of ethically-dubious areas including client disclosure requirements, proper use of campaign funds, the need to eliminate the existing 'pay to play' attitude, and the creation of an independent redistricting commission.

"We need to make these changes because they have lost faith, trust and confidence in us," Sampson said. "If we ask them to tighten their belts, we have to tighten our belts."

February 14, 2011
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January 21, 2011
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ON 1-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF CITIZENS UNITED DECISION, NEW YORK ELECTEDS LAUNCH ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN TO REIN IN RECKLESS CORPORATE SPENDING ON POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 21, 2011

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio Launches Web Campaign to Push For Rapid Passage of State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblyman Rory Lancman’s “Corporate Political Accountability to Shareholders” Act

 Bill Will Rein in Reckless Independent Expenditures in New York by Requiring Shareholders to Approve Corporate Political Spending and Forcing Companies to Disclose Expenditures, Including the Business Rationale For the Spending

January 21, 2011
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1/10/2011: Pass the Pledge

Session Begins, Senate “Heroes of Reform” Say:Keep Your Promise: Pass the Pledge

Senate Reformers Urge New Yorkers to Join the Call for ImmediateAction on Mayor Koch’s New York Uprising Heroes of Reform Pledge

53 of 62 Senators Signed Pledge Before Election; Governor CuomoHighlighted Reform Pledge in State of State as a Priority

January 10, 2011
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Senator Rubén Díaz Announces Legislation to Increase Transparency

Press ReleaseJuly 29, 2010

For Immediate Release

Senator Rubén Díaz Announces Legislation to Increase Transparency

Albany, NY  State Senator Rubén Díaz announced today that he is introducing legislation to increase transparency regarding contributions given to elected officials.

“I am introducing legislation that will make it easier for the public to be informed about contributions that are given to their elected officials,” stated Senator Díaz.

July 29, 2010
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NY DAILY NEWS- Tuesday, May 11, 2010 – Op-Ed - Fat Cats Badly Need Harness To Safeguard Our Elections

Fat Cats Badly Need Harness To Safeguard Our Electionsthat appeared in the NY DAILY NEWS- Tuesday, May 11, 2010 as an Op-Ed.

http://davidmquintana.blogspot.com/2010/05/ny-daily-news-queens-section-op-ed-fat.html

 

June 1, 2010
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Senator Schneiderman, District Attorney Vance, Assemblyman Kellner Announce Major Reforms To Combat Public Corruption

On the eve of Reform Day in the Capitol, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., State Senator Eric Schneiderman and Assembly Member Micah Kellner today announced the introduction of the Public Corruption Prevention and Enforcement Act (S.7707), legislation to both prosecute and prevent public corruption in New York State.

May 4, 2010
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Elections Committee Holds Hearing On Campaign Finance Reform Proposals

Today, The Senate Elections Committee, Chaired by Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. (D-Queens) held the second hearing on sweeping changes to New York’s campaign finance system.

April 23, 2010
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Tell us about the money

So contributions to political campaigns, no matter how large, are ultimately about free speech, right? That, at least, was the reasoning in a groundbreaking Supreme Court decision earlier this year that said there was no real difference between contributions by corporations and those by individuals. Both were found to have a constitutional right to give to the candidates and causes of their choice.

April 21, 2010
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Elections Committee Holds Hearing On Campaign Finance Reform Proposals

Today, The Senate Elections Committee, Chaired by Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. (D-Queens) held the first of two hearings on sweeping changes to New York’s campaign finance system.

April 20, 2010
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Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson, President Malcolm A. Smith, Majority Leader Pedro Espada And Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein

The state’s 19.5 million residents deserve a government that they can trust and be proud of, and to meet that goal our state needs a tough, new plan to make sure state leaders act responsibly and honestly. These reforms demonstrate that the Senate Democratic Majority is focused not on special interests, but solely the public interest; more specifically, creating jobs, controlling government spending, providing property tax relief and improving educational opportunities for our children.

January 13, 2010
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Senate And Assembly Unveil Sweeping Ethics And Election Law Reform Legislation

Measure includes stricter campaign finance rules and greater penalties for violations, increased disclosure of outside income for legislators, enhancements to the lobby law, strengthened legislative and executive oversight

January 13, 2010
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Senator Squadron's Comments on Ethics and Election Law Reform Legislation

Senator Daniel Squadron speaks about sweeping Ethics and Election law reform legislation at a press conference in Albany on January 13, 2010.

January 13, 2010
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Senator Schneiderman's Comments on Ethics and Election Law Reform Legislation

Senator Eric Schniederman speaks at a press conference announcing swweping Ethics and Election Law reforms in Albany on January 13, 2010.

January 13, 2010
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Senator Sampson's Comments on Ethics and Election Law Reform Legislation

Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson speaks about sweeping Ethics and Election Law reform legislation at a press conference in Albany on January 13, 2010.

January 13, 2010
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Ethics And Election Law Reform Press Conference

The Senate and the Assembly unveiled sweeping Ethics and Election Law reform legislation at a pess conference in Albany on January 13, 2010.

January 13, 2010
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Senator Valesky Applauds Sweeping Ethics Reform Legislation

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today applauded the introduction of the most sweeping ethics and campaign finance reform ever in the Legislature.

January 13, 2010
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