Rensselaer, NY, Feb 04, 2013 — 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
Rensselaer, NY, May 02, 2012 — 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.
Feb 17, 2012 — 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.
Rensselaer, NY, Feb 16, 2012 — 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
Montpelier, VT, Jan 23, 2012 — 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
Jun 13, 2007 — 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
Jun 13, 2007 — 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
Nov 19, 2003 — 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
Sep 19, 2002 — 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
Sep 04, 2002 — 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