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"Fair elections" rally in the Capitol building in Albany. Photo: Karen DeWitt
"Fair elections" rally in the Capitol building in Albany. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Hundreds rally for stalled public campaign finance bill

Hundreds gathered at the State Capitol to rally for public financing of political campaigns. The measure remains in limbo in the State Senate and Governor Cuomo faces questions on whether he's working hard enough for the proposal to pass.  Go to full article
Protesters banned from the Republican-led hearing try to listen through an open window. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Protesters banned from the Republican-led hearing try to listen through an open window. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Dispute over access overshadows NYS campaign finance hearing

A hearing by Senate Republicans on New York City's public campaign financing system was overshadowed by protests, as government reform groups and other members of the public were denied entry, and noisy protests ensued.  Go to full article
Sen. Dean Skelos. NCPR file photo
Sen. Dean Skelos. NCPR file photo

NYS GOP stands against expansion of public campaign financing

Republicans in the State Senate plan to hold hearings Tuesday, May 7, on what they say are abuses in New York City's public campaign finance system.  Go to full article
The Empire Plaza in Albany.
The Empire Plaza in Albany.

Scandal overshadows legislative agenda

The second half of New York's legislative session begins today.

The legislature has a long list of issues on the schedule, including decriminalizing marijuana, women's reproductive rights, and expanding casino gambling in the state.

But the agenda is likely to be dominated by the response to ongoing bribery and corruption scandals that came to light while lawmakers were on spring break.  Go to full article
New York State Capitol. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonparis/">Jason Paris</a> CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en"> some rights reserved</a>
New York State Capitol. Photo: Jason Paris CC some rights reserved

Campaign finance reform on 2013 Albany agenda

The fall election season marked a high point for campaign spending across the nation. It's estimated that outside groups spent hundreds of millions of dollars backing candidates, and attacking others.

With proposals from both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, it now seems clear that 2013 will be the year campaign finance reform takes the stage in Albany. But it's not clear yet what shape the legislation will take, or whether public financing of campaigns will be a part of it.  Go to full article

Outside money plays big role in NY-21 campaign

The latest report from the independent campaign watchdog group Open Secrets shows that Republican Matt Doheny has drawn huge support from outside groups hoping to influence the 21st District Congressional race.  Go to full article

NY Governor Cuomo pushing again for campaign finance reform

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he's starting a new effort to push campaign finance reform in New York's elections. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Still to come: campaign finance reform, possible minimum wage increase

Governor Cuomo says he has some goals for the rest of the legislative session, including reforming the campaign finance system and possibly raising the state's minimum wage. But he could not say for sure whether any of those items will be approved by the legislature.
In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

For first time, NY State Assembly introduces public campaign financing

The State Assembly has introduced a bill to permit voluntary public financing of some election campaigns. As Karen DeWitt reports, the bill is the first ever of its kind in the state.  Go to full article

Campaign finance reform advocates push Cuomo, legislature for change

With just two months left in the legislative session, advocates of campaign finance reform are pressing Governor Cuomo and the legislature to adopt a New York City-style public financing system for the state. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has more:  Go to full article

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