campaign finance en Advocates say Cuomo missed chance to counteract Supreme Court ruling <p></p><p>The U.S. Supreme Court decision McCutcheon v. FEC, striking down some campaign donation limits is expected to have an effect in New York. Reform advocates say Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers missed a key chance this week to counter act the ruling.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 11:39:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53717 at Eleanor Powell on The Campbell Conversations <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Calibri; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">What effects do campaign contributions and independent expenditures really have on the way that Congress works?&nbsp; On this episode of the Campbell Conversations, Grant Reeher talks with Yale political scientist <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Eleanor Powell</strong></a>, an expert on money and Congress.&nbsp; Powell describes the complicated web of money’s influence, and considers what could realistically be done to change the system.< Sun, 02 Mar 2014 23:01:00 +0000 Grant Reeher 52035 at Eleanor Powell on The Campbell Conversations Group calls on New York state to formally oppose Citizens United <p>Four years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that corporations could spend unlimited amounts of money on politics, a central New York group is calling on New York state to stand up to the ruling.</p><p>Members of Move to Amend are lobbying state officials to pass a resolution opposing the Citizens United case. Michael Messina-Yauchzy says a constitutional amendment is the ultimate solution.</p><p>"Corporations need to be limited," he said Tuesday. "It’s 'we the people,' the corporations need to be controlled by the people. We establish the legal framework."</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 14:14:40 +0000 Ryan Delaney 50229 at Robert McChesney on The Campbell Conversations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Calibri; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">Robert McChesney is a well-known communications professor at the <a href="">University of Illinois.</a>&nbsp; His most recent book, co-authored with John Nichols, is&nbsp;</span><a href=";qid=1389372998&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=robert+mcchesney"><i style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-fami Sun, 12 Jan 2014 21:07:00 +0000 Grant Reeher 49742 at Robert McChesney on The Campbell Conversations Groups want Cuomo-sponsored probe to look at 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 Second half of legislative session overshadowed by new scandals <p>The second half of New York’s legislative session begins today and it’s likely to be dominated by the response to on going bribery and corruption scandals that came to light while lawmakers were on spring break. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 14:41:58 +0000 Karen DeWitt 36239 at DeFrancisco keeps a watchful eye on state Senate elections <p>With two Republican state senators retiring, the GOP could lose their slim majority in the New York State Senate on Tuesday. Senator John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) said he doesn’t want Democrats to lead the state Senate, as they did briefly in 2009 and 2010.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 21:32:04 +0000 Durrie Lawrence 28530 at DeFrancisco keeps a watchful eye on state Senate elections Eight session days left, many issues unresolved <p>New York state lawmakers plan on leaving Albany for the summer on June 21, but they continue to be gridlocked on the issues of raising the state&rsquo;s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour, and offering tax breaks to small businesses as an incentive to create more jobs.</p><p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 13:25:19 +0000 Karen DeWitt 20788 at Bipartisan coalition endorses Gov. Cuomo's plan for campaign finance reform <p>A new bi partisan coalition of former elected officials,&nbsp;&nbsp;business and civic leaders, is endorsing Governor Andrew Cuomo&rsquo;s plan for campaign finance reform. &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 12:13:02 +0000 Karen DeWitt 14462 at Gov. Cuomo calling for public campaign financing <p>Governor Cuomo, in his state of the state message, called for public financing of campaigns, based on a model currently in use in New York City. As Karen DeWitt reports, proponents, including those who have studied the model as well as public finance systems in other states, believe it can work.</p> Mon, 09 Jan 2012 15:47:22 +0000 Karen DeWitt 12463 at