Monthly Archives: April 2012

Money in Politics In New York: Week of April 23

1. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver formally introduced a bill this week that would create a statewide voluntary public matching funds program in New York, calling on fellow legislators to pass the bill and make New York state “the model for the rest of the nation in establishing and preserving fair elections.” In a press release […]

Money in Politics This Week

New York Campaign Finance and Ethics News 1. This week saw the publication of several editorials calling on Gov. Cuomo to maintain his commitment to creating a public campaign finance program in New York state, beginning with a Sunday New York Times editorial that cut to the heart of the matter: “There is no mystery […]

What the Governor Can Do to Increase Transparency Using Technology

This is a continuation of our series of posts summarizing recommendations for using the explosion in information technology to open New York State’s government. Citizens Union • Common Cause NY • League of Women Voters of NY State Reinvent Albany • New York Public Interest Research Group    Recommendations for Governor Cuomo   Create a […]

A New Transparency for NY State: Basic Principles

This is the first in a series of posts summarizing recommendations for using the explosion in information technology to open New York State’s government. Citizens Union • Common Cause NY • League of Women Voters of NY State Reinvent Albany • New York Public Interest Research Group   Basic Principles We urge our elected leaders […]

Money in Politics in New York This Week

1. “An unusual and well-heeled coalition, trying to tap public anger over the flood of money into politics, is pushing to enact a public financing system for elections in New York State,” reported the New York Times in a front-page article on the New York Leadership for Accountable Government (NY LEAD) coalition.  The Times listed […]

Money in Politics This Week

Campaign Finance and Ethics News 1. A report issued this week by the Center for Working Families finds that Pedro Espada’s contributions from the real estate industry skyrocketed once the ex-state Senate Majority Leader took over the housing committee. The report not only finds that Espada’s fundraising shot up by over 650% once he became Chairman […]