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30 Issues: Money & Politics - LLC Loophole

Friday, September 24, 2010

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, lawyer and campaign finance expert with the NYU Law School's Brennan Center for Justice and WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly discuss loopholes within campaign finance regulations, particularly when it comes to setting up LLCs here in New York State. Plus, to show how easy the LLC process is, WNYC producer Jody Avirgan sets up our very own LLC live on-air!

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Talking Politics: Campaign News

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Azi Paybarah, WNYC reporter, talks about the latest campaign fund-raising and endorsements.

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After Rangel Party, Cuomo Touts Ethics Plan

Thursday, August 12, 2010

WNYC

One day after appearing at a fundraiser for Rep. Charlie Ranel -- who is facing 13 allegations of breaking congressional ethics rules -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo is out with a new ad.

The topic: Ethics.

"New Yorkers agree, Albany is a mess. It's overrun by lobbyists and special interests. But Andrew Cumo has a tough 20-point plan to clean up Albany, including restricting lobbyist contributions, ending pay to play for powerful for powerful corporations who buy access."

A Cuomo campaign source said there was no connection between the timing of their ethics ad and Rangel's birthday party.

The issue of taking money from lobbyists is, actually, something Cuomo has been criticized for. Also, Cuomo agreed in 2007 to limit campaign contributions to $10,000 -- far below the state's limit. He no longer is abiding by that limit.

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Azi Paybarah

Who Has the Most Contributors From New York?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

WNYC

I thought it would be Andrew Cuomo, since the state attorney general has such a huge war chest for his campaign for governor.

Turns out it's cash-starved Republican gubernatorial nominee Rick Lazio. According to a NYPIRG analysis, Cuomo has 2,306 donors with New York addresses.

Lazio has 2,867.

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Cuomo's Big Day

Thursday, July 15, 2010

WNYC

A reader passes along this footage of Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's meeting in Rockland County earlier on Thursday. As a colleague noted, Cuomo launched the first leg of his Chuck Schumer-esque 62-county tour of New York on Thursday, the day campaign finance numbers will be released.

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