Monthly Archives: April 2014

Money in Politics in NY: Apr. 30 Edition

Vandewalker: Public Financing “Pilot” Program Designed to Implode Writing in Newsday, Ian Vandewalker, counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice, praised New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli for opting out of the state’s poorly crafted public financing “pilot” program. Despite calls by the public and several good government groups to comprehensively reform New York’s campaign […]

Open Gov Advocates Cheer Federal DATA Act

One tech journalist calls the federal DATA Act “the most significant open government legislation enacted by Congress in generations, going back to the Freedom of Information Act in 1966.” He may be slightly excited, but the DATA Act, which passed the Senate and the House with overwhelming bi-partisan support, is on President Obama’s desk and […]

Money in Politics in NY: April 18 Edition

Governor Could Have Responded to McCutcheon Decision with Reform In a Journal News op-ed, Lawrence Norden and Frederick A.O Schwarz of the Brennan Center, wrote that Governor Cuomo’s refusal to pass meaningful reform in the state budget was especially disheartening in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. Despite […]

Money in Politics in NY: Apr. 7 Edition

New York Times: Most Fundamental Reform Missing from State Budget Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders passed New York’s 2014-15 budget last week without a comprehensive small donor public matching system—instead establishing a very limited pilot public financing program for the state comptroller’s race in 2014. Adding to this lapse in leadership, Governor Cuomo […]