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Sen. Tkaczyk being sworn in on Jan. 24, 2013. Photo: www.nysenate.gov
Sen. Tkaczyk being sworn in on Jan. 24, 2013. Photo: www.nysenate.gov

Newest NY Senator says she'll fight for campaign finance reform

New York's newest Senator, Cecilia Tkaczyk, has been on the job for just over a week now, after a two and half month long court battle over absentee ballots resulted in a narrrow 18-vote win for her.

Tkaczyk, a sheep farmer, school board member and former legislative housing analyst, is a Democrat who won the newly drawn Senate seat in the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys that was designed for a Republican. Karen DeWitt spoke to Senator Tkaczyk during one of her first days on the job.  Go to full article

At the state capitol, things get testy over campaign finance reform

Democrats and Republicans in the State Senate are engaged in some good old-fashioned partisan squabbling over reform of the state's campaign finance system. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has more:  Go to full article
Former NY-20 Rep. Scott Murphy, member of NY Lead.
Former NY-20 Rep. Scott Murphy, member of NY Lead.

Bipartisan group says campaign finance reform good for democracy

A new bipartisan group is endorsing Governor Andrew Cuomo's call for a change in the way New York State politicians finance their campaigns. The group--NY Lead--includes some big names in business, like David Rockefeller and George Soros's son Jonathan Soros...and former elected officials from the democratic and republican parties.

NY Lead is pushing for a public financing system, which it says will encourage candidates to fund their campaigns by getting lots of small donations. It's also calling for lower limits on individual and business contributions.  Go to full article
This system right now is built for the big donor. Itís not built for the average donor.

Bipartisan groups looks to limit NY State campaign contributions

A new bipartisan coalition of former elected officials, and business and civic leaders, is endorsing Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan for campaign finance reform.

The group includes wealthy civic leaders including David Rockefeller, Jonathan Soros, the son of George Soros, and Frederick A.O. Schwartz, who is now with NYU's Brennan Center as well as former elected officials of both major parties. (Correction: the spokesman for the group is former North Country Congressman Scott Murphy, not Chris Murphy.)  Go to full article
Protestors outside the state house
Protestors outside the state house

Vermonters protest Citizens United, call for constitutional amendment

Saturday marked the two-year anniversary of the supreme court Citizens United decision. The court voted 5-4, saying that corporations have the same protected speech rights as people, including the right to make unlimited financial contributions to groups who want to influence elections. That's upsetting to a lot of Vermonters. And as Sarah Harris reports, they're working to change it.  Go to full article

Griffo leads GOP campaign finance agenda

A North Country state Senator is proposing a series of meetings that would all but kill Governor Eliot Spitzer's efforts to reform how election campaigns are financed for this session. Jonathan Brown reports.  Go to full article

GOP's meetings called stall tactic by Dems

The New York State Senate has begun a series of public forums about campaign finance reform with just over a week left to go in the legislative session. Supporters of reform say the hearings are nothing more than a delaying tactic. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Groups Urge NYS Campaign Finance Reform

Good government groups continue to press for public financing of campaigns in New York. They say a survey they've done shows that currently, most donations to the state legislature come from business and union interests. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Golisano Releases Campaign Finance Reform Plan

The candidate who's spending the most money in the race for govenor of New York, Tom Golisano, has released a reform plan that would limit spending in election campaigns. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Democracy Matters

As students return to college campuses, a nationwide group called Democracy Matters is trying to get students charged up about campaign finance reform. David Sommerstein talks with the group's director about how to hook students on reforming money in politics.  Go to full article

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