public campaign financing http://wrvo.org en Cuomo happy to gain Working Families Party endorsement http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-happy-gain-working-families-party-endorsement <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Andrew Cuomo won the endorsement of the state’s left-leaning Working Families Party in a messy convention vote that stretched to nearly </span><span data-term="goog_125586788" style="line-height: 1.5;" tabindex="0">midnight on Saturday</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> night.</span></p><p>Some members of the party have been upset because they believe the governor has not been progressive enough and they're unhappy with Cuomo's support for business-friendly tax cuts and charter schools.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 10:14:08 +0000 Karen DeWitt 56692 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo happy to gain Working Families Party endorsement Astorino favors term limits but not public campaign finance http://wrvo.org/post/astorino-favors-term-limits-not-public-campaign-finance <p></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 12:02:29 +0000 Karen DeWitt 56515 at http://wrvo.org Astorino favors term limits but not public campaign finance Election year politics a factor in legislative session's final weeks http://wrvo.org/post/election-year-politics-factor-legislative-sessions-final-weeks <p></p> Tue, 27 May 2014 10:01:50 +0000 Karen DeWitt 56383 at http://wrvo.org Election year politics a factor in legislative session's final weeks Skelos says no contradictions with candidate using public campaign finance http://wrvo.org/post/skelos-says-no-contradictions-candidate-using-public-campaign-finance <p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 11:18:14 +0000 Karen DeWitt 55871 at http://wrvo.org State GOP selects candidates for comptroller and attorney general http://wrvo.org/post/state-gop-selects-candidates-comptroller-and-attorney-general <p></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 11:13:22 +0000 Karen DeWitt 55808 at http://wrvo.org Public campaign finance showing signs of life http://wrvo.org/post/public-campaign-finance-showing-signs-life <p></p><h1>Gov. Cuomo is facing pressure to revive an issue that failed in state budget negotiations -- enacting a public campaign financing system for statewide elections.</h1><p>In the final budget deal, Cuomo agreed with legislative leaders to a pared-down public campaign finance system that would apply only to the state comptroller’s race, and sunset after this year.</p><p>The governor was immediately condemned by government reform groups who said the pilot program was cynically designed to fail. But Cuomo defended the deal, saying advocates were looking at the glass half empty.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 10:52:34 +0000 Karen DeWitt 55634 at http://wrvo.org 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 Unfinished business in legislative session http://wrvo.org/post/unfinished-business-legislative-session <p></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 10:57:20 +0000 Karen DeWitt 54995 at http://wrvo.org Unfinished business in legislative session 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 Cuomo, legislative leaders admit some unfinished budget issues http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-legislative-leaders-admit-some-unfinished-budget-issues <p></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 09:55:24 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53625 at http://wrvo.org Senate public finance provision raises questions http://wrvo.org/post/senate-public-finance-provision-raises-questions <p></p><p>The New York state Senate for the first time includes Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan for public campaign financing in its budget resolution.&nbsp; The sparsely worded proposal has left supporters and opponents trying to sort through the political tea leaves.</p><p>The inclusion of public campaign financing would seem to signal an abrupt change of policy for Republicans, who co-lead the Senate. The GOP has long maintained that a matching small donor plan using public funds is a waste of the taxpayers’ money, and would only lead to more annoying robo-calls.</p> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 22:47:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 52742 at http://wrvo.org 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 State groups respond to Cuomo's budget plan http://wrvo.org/post/state-groups-respond-cuomos-budget-plan <p></p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:11:46 +0000 Karen DeWitt 50277 at http://wrvo.org State groups respond to Cuomo's budget plan Cuomo expected to cover education, tax cuts and campaign finance reform in state budget http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-expected-cover-education-tax-cuts-and-campaign-finance-reform-state-budget <p></p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:07:51 +0000 Karen DeWitt 50180 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo expected to cover education, tax cuts and campaign finance reform in state budget Reform groups urge Cuomo to include public campaign funding in budget http://wrvo.org/post/reform-groups-urge-cuomo-include-public-campaign-funding-budget <p></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:00:07 +0000 Karen DeWitt 50037 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo faces challenges from political right and left in 2014 http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-faces-challenges-political-right-and-left-2014 <p></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 12:56:13 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49517 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo faces challenges from political right and left in 2014 Will 2014 be the year of reform? http://wrvo.org/post/will-2014-be-year-reform <p>2013 saw more state lawmakers indicted, jailed, convicted, and even participating in the wire tapping some of their colleagues. The continued corruption spurred Gov. Cuomo to appoint a commission to look into the legislature. Will 2014 be the year Albany finally sees reform?<br /><br />After a new wave of indictments against state lawmakers in the spring, Cuomo tried to convince the legislature to adopt public financing of campaigns, the closing of loopholes for large donors, and better policing of the laws.<br /> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 10:34:00 +0000 Catherine Loper 49261 at http://wrvo.org Reform groups focus on state Board of Elections http://wrvo.org/post/reform-groups-focus-state-board-elections <p></p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:46:24 +0000 Karen DeWitt 48326 at http://wrvo.org Calls for public campaign finance system include a Moreland Commission co-chairman http://wrvo.org/post/calls-public-campaign-finance-system-include-moreland-commission-co-chairman <p></p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 12:23:10 +0000 Karen DeWitt 47080 at http://wrvo.org Public campaign financing, abortion, tax free zones top end-of-session list http://wrvo.org/post/public-campaign-financing-abortion-tax-free-zones-top-end-session-list <p>There’s three weeks to go in the legislative session, and advocates are pushing hard for two of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s agenda items -- translating the federal abortion rights in the Roe v. Wade decision into New York state law, and enacting public financing of statewide political campaigns.</p><p>The governor, meanwhile, is focusing on his proposal to bring tax free zones to upstate public college campuses.<br><br>Advocates for public financing of campaigns and advocates of abortion rights are entering the final push for passage of the measures, and are using a variety of tactics to spur action in the state Senate. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 09:33:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 38914 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 Controversy over access overshadows state Senate hearing http://wrvo.org/post/controversy-over-access-overshadows-state-senate-hearing <p>A hearing by state 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. Wed, 08 May 2013 13:03:18 +0000 Karen DeWitt 37461 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 Assembly introduces public campaign financing bill http://wrvo.org/post/assembly-introduces-public-campaign-financing-bill <p><a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/"><strong>The State Assembly</strong></a> has introduced a bill to permit voluntary public financing of some election campaigns for the first time in New York State.</p><p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 14:00:34 +0000 Karen DeWitt 18184 at http://wrvo.org Assembly introduces public campaign financing bill Groups spend $1.5 million to push for campaign finance reform http://wrvo.org/post/groups-spend-15-million-push-campaign-finance-reform <p>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. Thu, 19 Apr 2012 20:19:43 +0000 Karen DeWitt 17884 at http://wrvo.org