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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

State government reform groups push Cuomo on campaign finance reform

Governor Andrew Cuomo promised in his State of the State message that he would try to reform the state's campaign finance system. The governor is expected to release a bill later this month. A new coalition has formed to hold him to his word.  Go to full article
Without the matching funds, the person who runs against a self-financed candidate would be dead in the water.

Cuomo calls for NYC-style matching-funds campaign finance system

Governor Cuomo called in his State of the State message for public campaign financing reform. He's looking to base campaign financing on a model currently in use in New York City. Proponents, including those who have studied the model as well as public finance systems in other states, believe it can work. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has that story.  Go to full article
Progressive activists rally Friday (Source:  Progressive Coalition of Northern New York)
Progressive activists rally Friday (Source: Progressive Coalition of Northern New York)

New progressive group tackles campaign finance reform

During last year's mid-term election, newly-formed tea party groups played a huge role. They helped elect Republican congressman Chris Gibson in the 20th district.

They also contributed to a bitter and divisive rift among conservatives in the 23rd district, opening the door to a win by Democrat Bill Owens.

Now a new political group is forming, hoping to wield similar influence on the left. Brian Mann attended a rally in Saranac Lake on Friday afternoon and has our story.  Go to full article

McHugh won't return campaign cash, for now

Congressman John McHugh is awaiting confirmation as the next Secretary of the Army. With the heightened profile comes greater scrutiny. A government watchdog group is questioning a campaign contribution McHugh received from a lobbying firm under investigation by the FBI. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Aubertine, Barclay spend millions

The race for the state Senate seat in St. Lawrence, Jefferson, and Oswego counties enters its last full week tomorrow. Republican Will Barclay and Democrat Darrel Aubertine are on pace to spend more than a million dollars each before the special election February 26. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Campaign finance reform could change state politics

The campaign finance reform agreement between Governor Spitzer and the legislature represent the first major change to the state's political donation laws in 31 years. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Flights to fundraisers fuel current accusations in Albany

As tensions and accusations escalated this week between Governor Eliot Spitzer and Senate Leader Joe Bruno, what got lost in the debate was the original issue that was raised; should politicians use taxpayer-funded state aircraft to attend fundraisers? Karen De Witt reports.  Go to full article

Campaign finance reform driving wedge in Albany

The feud between Governor Eliot Spitzer and Senate Republicans over campaign finance reform continued in the form of a roundtable discussion held by Senate Republicans. It featured the attorney who won this week's Supreme Court case upholding some types of campaign related spending. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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