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One of the NY-21 GOP candidates, Elise Stefanik (left), and Democratic candidate Aaron Woolf. NCPR file photos
One of the NY-21 GOP candidates, Elise Stefanik (left), and Democratic candidate Aaron Woolf. NCPR file photos

NY-21: Woolf has funding edge over Stefanik for Congress

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Federal campaign finance records show Republican Elise Stefanik at a disadvantage against Democrat Aaron Woolf after a bruising primary fight in northern New York's 21st Congressional District.

A report covering the period from June 5 to June 30 shows she has about $152,000 in cash on hand compared to almost $760,000 for Woolf.  Go to full article
Governor Andrew Cuomo (Source:  NYS)
Governor Andrew Cuomo (Source: NYS)

Watchdog group says big donors fund Cuomo campaign

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A government watchdog organization says its analysis of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $33.3 million in re-election campaign funds shows that 80 percent comes from donors who have each given a total of $10,000 or more.

The New York Public Interest Research Group says Thursday that 242 donors have given the incumbent Democrat $40,000 or more, and his largest single donor is Leonard Litwin, who has contributed $800,000 in this election cycle.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: canvassing for a campaign

Underpinning a campaign's big (or little) media buys are the foot soldiers--people who make the phone calls, stuff the envelopes, distribute the campaign signs. Martha Foley met one of the rank-and-file on a rural road outside Canton this week, a young canvasser going door-to-door for the Democrats. He's today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article

Spitzer seeks to ban LLC campaign donations

Governor Eliot Spitzer, as part of his campaign finance reform proposal, wants to ban contributions from LLC's, short for Limited Liability Companies. LLC's have become a major loophole in the rules that limit campaign donations. Karen DeWitt explains.  Go to full article
Democrat Tim Merrick (D-Plattsburgh)
Democrat Tim Merrick (D-Plattsburgh)

Challenger Tim Merrick's campaign comments

Candidates in New York's 45th state senate district faced off in a debate yesterday in Plattsburgh. The encounter between incumbent Republican Betty Little and Democratic challenger Tim Merrick will be broadcast Friday on Mountain Lake PBS and repeated through the weekend. Here we offer their statements about the future of the North Country and their reasons for sweeking public office. These are the thoughts of Tim Merrick, a Democrat and a chiropractor from Plattsburgh.  Go to full article

Democrats attack over Lake Placid Sweeney event

Democrats and their allies continue to pressure Congressman John Sweeney over a weekend ski event that he co-hosted in Lake Placid. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Citizen Action of New York say Sweeney should return more than $30,000 raised from lobbyists who attended the government-funded gathering. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Common Cause Releases Report on the Cost of Campaigns

The government reform group Common Cause has found that political campaigns are more expensive than ever, and are funded by a small number of special interest groups and the rich. They say the system discourages participation from average New Yorkers. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Politics Dominate Albany Senate Session

The New York State Senate returned for a one-day session to confirm some appointments made by Governor Pataki, but most of the talk of the day centered on politics, not government policy. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki May Run Again

Governor George Pataki says he might run for a fourth term in 2006. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

State Proposal Would Curb Corporate Campaign Cash

Government reform groups say the state's campaign finance reporting practices are flawed and need to be fixed, so that state laws can be enforced. They say a study of a small number of counties found 96 potential corporate violators. From Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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