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Thursday, October 24, 2013
By Anna Sale
A federal appeals court ruling today clears the way for advocates of Republican Joe Lhota to give unlimited contributions to a political action group supporting his run for mayor.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Jeffrey Toobin of The New Yorker talks about the federal stop and frisk trial and the legal issues raised by the case here in New York City, as well as other national legal news. Then, WNYC’s Brigid Bergin talks about the latest in the mayoral race, including Anthony Weiner’s status. Plus: the launch of the nomination process for the “NYC Neighborhood Library Awards”; and a life featured on today’s New York Times obit page.
Monday, May 06, 2013
Defense attorney Irwin Rochman talks about the case against his client, Xing Wu “Oliver” Pan. Pan has been convicted of a straw donor scheme to illegally raise campaign funds for New York City Comptroller John Liu. Plus: USA Today’s Susan Page on the latest political developments from Washington DC; Maryam al-Khawaja of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights; and a look back at the Radio Diaries project with founder and executive producer, Joe Richman.
Friday, May 03, 2013
A New York jury handed down convictions Thursday for two of city comptroller John Liu's campaign aides accused of accepting illegal donations for his mayoral bid. Liu says he's "deeply saddened" by the verdicts — but WNYC's Brigid Bergin reports that questions over the mayoral hopeful's involvement could negatively affect his run.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is proposing tougher campaign finance rules for non-profits. Hear about why he thinks more regulation is important. Plus: Judith Shulevitz of The New Republic talks about her cover story on the effects of “The Grey Generation”; the expansion of charter schools into middle class neighborhoods; the December series with Judith Rodin of the Rockefeller Foundation kicks off with a discussion on resilience; and director David Lynch on transcendental meditation.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
By Stella Chan : reporter, Sing Tao Daily and contributor to Feet in Two Worlds
An ongoing FBI investigation into campaign donations to New York City Comptroller John Liu has caused a reassessment of his candidacy for mayor among his strongest supporters.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Paul Blumenthal, reporter for the Huffington Post and former senior writer for the Sunlight Foundation, discusses the proliferation of PACs coming out of the GOP, big labor, and even Facebook.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
The first big deadline for presidential candidates to report their campaign fund raising donations is approaching at the end of June.
Among the GOP hopefuls, Rep. Michelle Bachman (R-Minn) is getting a lot of attention for her past ability to turn big political statements into campaign cash. She welcomed a million dollar windfall into her campaign coffers the day after a 2008 appearance on "HardBall" with Chris Matthews, where she described the Obamas as anti-American. Many are calling these controversial statements and sloganeering "Money Blurting." But will Bachman’s blurts be enough to siphon donations away from the money making machine that is the Mitt Romney campaign and other candidates?
Thursday, October 28, 2010
By Celeste Headlee : The Takeaway
When the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Citizens United, there were all kinds of doomsday predictions about the impact of the ruling. Most famously was Barack Obama's comments during his State of the Union address:
"Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections," Obama said. "Well I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities. They should be decided by the American people, and that’s why I’m urging Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to right this wrong."
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
These mid-term elections are seeing massive amounts of money being raised and spent both left and right, from party committees to outside independent groups — much, much more money than the last mid-term elections in 2006. Over $260 million has been spent by outside groups, who have been able to remain largely anonymous since the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, earlier this year.
But what are contributors expecting in return for their millions of dollars?
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
We’re nearing the end of the campaign trail for candidates seeking to win over voters in this November’s upcoming mid-term elections. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich and Mike Shear, chief political reporter for the Caucus Blog at our partner The New York Times, are joining us every Tuesday to give us updates on what the candidates are up to on the trail.
Monday, October 04, 2010
With just weeks until midterm elections, millions of dollars are being poured into political campaigns. But with fewer disclosure requirements since Citizens United v. FEC, few groups have disclosed the names of donors who pay for their political ads. New York Times reporter Mike McIntire talks about the difficulty he faced trying to trace the source of money an ad by the vaguely-named "Coalition to Protect Seniors."
Friday, October 01, 2010
We’re headed into midterm season and today we talk about money: specifically, the money flowing into campaigns this season, including who’s getting it, how they’re getting it and who it’s coming from. The difficulty is, our political system has many different mechanisms that get money to candidates.
New Supreme Court rulings now let independent expenditure committees, or "SuperPACS" and other political action committees accept and spend unlimited amounts of money on campaign ads that either support or defame candidates. They can do this without having to disclose who their donations are coming from or how much money is donated.
Friday, August 20, 2010
An investigation by WNYC has found that Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo has been accepting large amounts of money from limited liability corporations, a practice that is legal but is widely believed to skirt the intent of campaign law.
Assemblywoman Joan Millman of Brooklyn is sponsoring a bill to close the loophole on LLCs donating huge sums of money to political campaigns in New York. She says she hopes Cuomo will rethink his decision to take so much money from these groups.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
By Bob Hennelly
Andrew Cuomo has been stumping the state, calling for a top-to-bottom overhaul of New York's campaign finance laws. But a review of his campaign finance filings shows he's been reaping multiple contributions from business entities known as limited liability companies, or LLCs. And some of those donations come from LLCs associated with a family with a history of ties to Cuomo and his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo.