campaign finance reform http://wrvo.org en Schumer pushing legislation to increase political donation transparency http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-pushing-legislation-increase-political-donation-transparency <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With election season here, escaping the volley of political ads that are the hallmark of political campaigns will only get harder. In response, New York Democrat Charles </span>Schumer<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is helping lead a fight in the Senate to force outside groups funding those ads to disclose their donors.</span></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:03:50 +0000 Matt Laslo 57912 at http://wrvo.org Schumer pushing legislation to increase political donation transparency Senate Democrats say more reasons than ever to adopt their reform bills http://wrvo.org/post/senate-democrats-say-more-reasons-ever-adopt-their-reform-bills <p></p><p>Democrats pressing for bills to reform the state’s campaign finance system say the U.S. Attorney’s investigations into a panel controlled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo might help spur action on their measures.</p><p>Democrats in the state Senate introduced a package of bills that they say would lessen special interest influences in politics and curb some on going abuses.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 09:34:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 55393 at http://wrvo.org Senate Democrats say more reasons than ever to adopt their reform bills Comptroller says public financing plan has serious flaws http://wrvo.org/post/comptroller-says-public-financing-plan-has-serious-flaws <div><p>The state’s top accountant says a test public campaign finance plan that would apply only to his office is seriously flawed, and might even be unworkable.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The budget provision, which first surfaced late Friday, would enact a pilot public campaign finance program limited to the comptroller’s office. </span></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:02:35 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53522 at http://wrvo.org Comptroller says public financing plan has serious flaws State budget finalized, voting on Monday http://wrvo.org/post/state-budget-finalized-voting-monday <p></p><p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have finalized the details on a $138 billion state budget and say they are on track to meet the <span data-term="goog_1480901602" tabindex="0">April 1</span> deadline.</p><p>The budget includes a multi-step plan that could &nbsp;lower property taxes, $340 million for schools to start pre-K programs, and a limited test program for public campaign financing.</p> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 23:43:04 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53466 at http://wrvo.org State budget finalized, voting on Monday Maffei co-sponsors new public campaign finance push http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-co-sponsors-new-public-campaign-finance-push <p></p><p>A new public campaign finance bill introduced in Congress is gaining support, including from Syracuse Rep. Dan Maffei.</p><p>Maffei, a Democrat, is among 130 co-sponsors of <a href="http://ofby.us/" target="_blank">the Government by the People Act</a>.&nbsp;It looks to amplify small campaign contributions from individuals.</p><p>Donations of up to $150 would be matched by a new federal fund. The match would be six times as much as the original, so a $100 donation would turn into $700. That’s if the candidate agrees to turn away money from political action groups, or PACs.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:24:41 +0000 Ryan Delaney 51277 at http://wrvo.org Maffei co-sponsors new public campaign finance push Cuomo trying again for anti-corruption reform http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-trying-again-anti-corruption-reform <p></p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:28:30 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49838 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo trying again for anti-corruption reform Taxes, marijuana and infrastructure to be discussed in State of the State address http://wrvo.org/post/taxes-marijuana-and-infrastructure-be-discussed-state-state-address <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo gives his annual State of the State speech <span data-term="goog_907851482" tabindex="0">Wednesday</span>. Cuomo has already introduced some of his key agenda items, but there are still some surprises left. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Cuomo has already released a plan to cut business taxes, the estate tax, and a multi-step process to freeze property taxes.</p><p>He also invited Vice President Joe Biden to the Capitol to help lay out his plans for better handling future weather disasters.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 11:47:54 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49618 at http://wrvo.org Taxes, marijuana and infrastructure to be discussed in State of the State address Cuomo says reform is a priority, but not the first priority http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-says-reform-priority-not-first-priority <p></p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:53:27 +0000 Karen DeWitt 48740 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo says reform is a priority, but not the first priority Future of public campaign finance uncertain http://wrvo.org/post/future-public-campaign-finance-uncertain <p></p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:12:55 +0000 Karen DeWitt 48111 at http://wrvo.org State Board of Elections officials grilled at corruption commission hearing http://wrvo.org/post/state-board-elections-officials-grilled-corruption-commission-hearing <p></p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:11:20 +0000 Karen DeWitt 46381 at http://wrvo.org Group urges anti-corruption commission to probe Big Pharma campaign donations http://wrvo.org/post/group-urges-anti-corruption-commission-probe-big-pharma-campaign-donations <p></p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 12:05:28 +0000 Karen DeWitt 46318 at http://wrvo.org Group urges anti-corruption commission to probe Big Pharma campaign donations Corruption commmission probes intensify http://wrvo.org/post/corruption-commmission-probes-intensify <p></p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:06:53 +0000 Karen DeWitt 45919 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo appoints commission to probe the legislature http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-appoints-commission-probe-legislature <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo has joined forces with the New York State Attorney General to create a commission with wide ranging powers to investigate corruption in the state legislature. This move follows a legislative session during which nearly three dozen state lawmakers have been indicted, arrested, or jailed.<br><br>Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick was named a co-chair of the commission, and Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney will serve as a member of the panel.<br> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 12:53:48 +0000 Catherine Loper 40491 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo says announcement of commission to look into campaign donations imminent http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-says-announcement-commission-look-campaign-donations-imminent <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday he will be announcing his Moreland Act commission to investigate the campaign donation filings of the legislature in the “immediate future.”<br><br>Cuomo failed to get lawmakers to agree on a package of campaign finance reforms in the just-completed legislative session, and says he will now appoint a commission under the powers of the state’s Moreland Act, to investigate campaign filings at the State Board of Elections. The governor says in the end, it might even work out better.<br> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 13:35:34 +0000 Karen DeWitt 40202 at http://wrvo.org Legislature finishes session without women's agenda passage http://wrvo.org/post/legislature-finishes-session-without-womens-agenda-passage <p>State lawmakers were finishing up their session for the year, working to approve a measure to build four gambling casinos upstate and create tax free zones at college campuses.</p><p>But the final hours of the session were overshadowed by back and forth skirmishing over a Women’s Equality Act, which ultimately failed.</p> Sat, 22 Jun 2013 13:00:48 +0000 Karen DeWitt 39983 at http://wrvo.org Legislature finishes session without women's agenda passage Cuomo's Moreland Act Commission -- potential and pitfalls http://wrvo.org/post/cuomos-moreland-act-commission-potential-and-pitfalls <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo, frustrated by what he says is the failure of the legislature to agree to a reform package, says he’ll follow through with a threat to investigate the legislature, using special powers given to him under the state’s Moreland Act. But there are potential limitations built into the act.</p><p>Cuomo says he did not want to compromise on a reform package that includes public campaign financing, and new prosecutorial powers for the state’s district attorneys to root out public corruption.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 11:52:11 +0000 Karen DeWitt 39924 at http://wrvo.org 21 arrested as progressive groups protest gridlock on key bills http://wrvo.org/post/21-arrested-progressive-groups-protest-gridlock-key-bills <p>There were several arrests at the state Capitol Tuesday. Advocates took out their anger and frustration on the Cuomo administration and leaders of the state Senate, after it became clear that a progressive agenda that includes abortion rights and public campaign financing is likely dead for the legislative session.<br><br>Government reform groups are angry at Gov. Andrew Cuomo, saying he is giving up too soon on an anti-corruption agenda that includes public financing of campaigns and greater prosecution powers for the state’s district attorneys.&nbsp; &nbsp; Wed, 19 Jun 2013 11:45:46 +0000 Karen DeWitt 39807 at http://wrvo.org 21 arrested as progressive groups protest gridlock on key bills Cuomo's agenda in danger as session wanes http://wrvo.org/post/cuomos-agenda-danger-session-wanes <p>There’s three days left in the legislative session, and chances are dimming for a settlement on an abortion rights provision in a women’s equality act, and for reform of campaign financing and other anti-corruption measures. Meanwhile, a new poll finds the public increasingly dissatisfied with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.<br><br>As the session winds down, it seems that two of the governor’s top agenda items are doomed in the state Senate.<br> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 13:27:30 +0000 Karen DeWitt 39741 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo campaigns across state for agenda with one week to go in legislative session http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-campaigns-across-state-agenda-one-week-go-legislative-session <p>It’s getting down to the wire for major pieces of legislation as the end of session approaches in Albany, including women’s rights and campaign finance reform. There are no agreements yet, but that’s not unusual in a government that operates on last-minute deals.<br> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 12:58:54 +0000 Karen DeWitt 39468 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo stumps for campaign reform with stop in Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-stumps-campaign-reform-stop-syracuse <p>As a recent poll shows his <a href="http://www.wrvo.org/post/silver-cuomo-slide-new-poll" target="_blank">approval rating continuing to slide</a>, Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a trip through upstate New York Wednesday with a stop in Syracuse to push for his newly released campaign reform package.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 10:14:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 39442 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo stumps for campaign reform with stop in Syracuse With just days left, Cuomo rolls out campaign finance reform bill http://wrvo.org/post/just-days-left-cuomo-rolls-out-campaign-finance-reform-bill <p>With just over a week left in the legislative session, Gov. Andrew Cuomo released his bill to extend public financing of political campaigns to statewide races. But he still faces resistance from some factions in the legislature.</p><p>Cuomo’s talked of his support for a public campaign finance system for statewide races based on the New York City model, but this is the first time that he’s revealed the details of the actual legislation.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:04:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 39380 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 Questions over what will get done in last four weeks of session http://wrvo.org/post/questions-over-what-will-get-done-last-four-weeks-session <p>The steady drumbeat of scandal after scandal in the New York State Legislature has led many to wonder whether lawmakers can focus on passing any major bills by the end of the session, which is fast approaching.</p><p>The legislature returns Wednesday and has just four work weeks to act on items ranging from campaign finance reform to abortion rights, to economic development plans.<br><br>Gov. Andrew Cuomo, before the legislature even returned from its Memorial Day break, gathered local government leaders from across the state to ask for help in passing a plan to create tax free zones for new businesses at college campuses. Wed, 29 May 2013 12:59:43 +0000 Karen DeWitt 38613 at http://wrvo.org NY state Sen. Savino explains IDC governing strategy http://wrvo.org/post/ny-state-sen-savino-explains-idc-governing-strategy <p>A key member of the New York State Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference says the group does not foresee joining with the rest of the Democrats to overcome Republican resistance to a number of end-of-session issues, including public financing of campaigns.<br>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 21:41:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 38502 at http://wrvo.org Campaign finance reform proposal making its way through Albany http://wrvo.org/post/campaign-finance-reform-proposal-making-its-way-through-albany-0 <p>In the wake of a series of political corruption cases out of Albany in recent weeks, campaign finance reform has become a popular issue in the state capitol.&nbsp; Among the proposals for reforming the way money is used in political campaigns, is one from the Independent Democratic Conference. The group is wrapping up a set of statewide hearings on their plan today in Albany. Mon, 20 May 2013 13:31:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 38118 at http://wrvo.org Senate GOP hearings will examine NYC's public campaign financing system http://wrvo.org/post/senate-gop-hearings-will-examine-nycs-public-campaign-financing-system <p>Republicans in the New York State Senate plan to hold hearings Tuesday, May 7, on what they say are abuses in New York City’s public campaign finance system.&nbsp; Mon, 06 May 2013 12:57:45 +0000 Karen DeWitt 37334 at http://wrvo.org Corruption still dominates discussion in Albany http://wrvo.org/post/corruption-still-dominates-discussion-albany <p>Anti-corruption is the dominant topic at the New York state legislature for the second week in a row, following bribery charges against two state lawmakers, including a former Senate leader. A new poll finds 81 percent of voters expect more Senators and Assembly members will be arrested. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 10:32:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 36628 at http://wrvo.org Corruption still dominates discussion in Albany http://wrvo.org/post/corruption-still-dominates-discussion-albany-0 <p>Anti-corruption is the dominant topic at the New York State Legislature for the second week in a row, following bribery charges against two state lawmakers, including a former Senate leader. A new poll finds 81 percent of voters expect more senators and Assembly members will be arrested. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 10:32:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 36629 at http://wrvo.org Board of Elections reform discussed in Albany http://wrvo.org/post/board-elections-reform-discussed-albany <p>Anti-corruption proposals are proliferating in Albany, following two high-profile bribery scandals. Some of them focus on the long-neglected New York State Board of Elections, which hasn’t even had an investigator on staff in over a year. Mon, 22 Apr 2013 09:52:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 36511 at http://wrvo.org Poll finds New Yorkers want more action against corruption http://wrvo.org/post/poll-finds-new-yorkers-want-more-action-against-corruption <p>A poll finds New Yorkers are upset about recent corruption scandals in Albany, and think that Gov. Andrew Cuomo should take the lead to clean things up. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 10:31:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 36406 at http://wrvo.org