Common Cause New York http://wrvo.org en Comptroller opts out of public campaign finance pilot, says program is flawed http://wrvo.org/post/comptroller-opts-out-public-campaign-finance-pilot-says-program-flawed <p></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:45:32 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53916 at http://wrvo.org Growing number of vacancies in legislature likely to remain until 2015 http://wrvo.org/post/growing-number-vacancies-legislature-likely-remain-until-2015 <p></p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:56:55 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49997 at http://wrvo.org Growing number of vacancies in legislature likely to remain until 2015 Groups want Cuomo-sponsored probe to look at campaign loophole http://wrvo.org/post/groups-want-cuomo-sponsored-probe-look-campaign-loophole <p>A leading government reform group has some advice for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Moreland Act Commission’s ongoing investigations. They say look at a major loophole that has allowed $98 million in unlimited donations to flow into what’s known as party housekeeping accounts.<p>Common Cause, along with a coalition that’s been pressing for campaign finance reform, says the party housekeeping accounts were originally intended to buy office supplies, pay for voter outreach and other non-partisan activities. The group’s Susan Lerner says the accounts have morphed into a multi-million dollar loophole. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 10:54:12 +0000 Karen DeWitt 42847 at http://wrvo.org Hundreds rally for stalled public campaign finance bill http://wrvo.org/post/hundreds-rally-stalled-public-campaign-finance-bill <p>Hundreds gathered at the state Capitol to rally for public financing of political campaigns. The measure remains in limbo in the state Senate and Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces questions on whether he’s working hard enough for the proposal to pass.<br><br>They came in buses from all over New York to give state lawmakers their message -- big money is corrupting politics. They say the state should adopt New York City’s public campaign finance system, which allows candidates to match every dollar they collect in small donations with seven dollars of government funds. Thu, 30 May 2013 13:06:39 +0000 Karen DeWitt 38681 at http://wrvo.org Hundreds rally for stalled public campaign finance bill