Monthly Archives: August 2013

Money in Politics in NY: Aug. 30 Edition

Op-ed by Susan Lerner Asks NYC Council to Support Disclosure An op-ed by Susan Lerner, the executive director of Common Cause/NY,appeared in the Daily News this Wednesday asking the New York City Council to bring greater transparency to the city elections process. New York City voters this year are facing a plethora of advertisements and mailings […]

Sunlight Foundation Issues New Open Data Best Practices

Earlier this week, the Sunlight Foundation released version 2.0 of its Open Data Policy Guidelines. Sunlight’s guidelines are excellent and informative, and arrive just as New York State is issuing a new open data Handbook. Sunlight splits its guidelines into 3 logical sections: What data should be made public. How to make data public. How […]

Another scandal, another social service empire, another powerful pol. (Rapfogel, Met Council, Silver.)

This month’s Albany/NYC scandal once again involves a very large, tax-funded, NYC based social service provider. In this case the organization is the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, which has $16.5 million in state contracts, and has a “synergistic” relationship with powerful Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. The Metropolitan Council’s long-time executive director and Silver confidante, […]

Money in Politics in New York, Aug. 12 Edition

Common Cause/NY and Fair Elections Ask Moreland Commission to Investigate Real Estate Contributions and 421-a Tax Break A “Moreland Monday” analysis by Common Cause/NY is raising serious questions about millions of dollars in campaign contributions from real estate and development interests in New York City. Between 2011 and July, 2013 the Real Estate Board of New […]

Money in Politics in New York, August 2 Edition

Common Cause/NY Examines Fracking Contributions A new analysis by Common Cause/NY illustrates that millions of dollars have flowed from fracking interests in New York to state and local campaigns. The investigation reveals that from January, 2007, to March, 2013, these interests – totaling 183 entities –contributed over $14 million to state and local campaigns. The money seems to […]