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Legislative Session Wrap-Up

Thursday, June 13, 2013

With the legislative session scheduled to end next week, New York State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) talks about pending legislation and her call for gridlock if the Women's Equality Act doesn't get a vote in the Senate.

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WNYC News

Campaign Finance Reform Unlikely to Proceed in Albany

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A key member of the state Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference says the group does not foresee joining with the rest of the Democrats to overcome Republican resistance to a number of end of session issues, including public financing of campaigns.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

On The Path to City Hall

Monday, May 20, 2013

Brigid Bergin, WNYC reporter, talks about the latest in the mayoral race, including campaign finance and talks of whether Anthony Weiner might become an official candidate. Also, Andrew Wolf, contributing editor for The New York Sun, and Editor and Publisher of the Bronx Press Review and Riverdale Review newspapers in Bronx County, talks about his piece urging Anthony Weiner to run and his view that Weiner will add energy to the Democratic ticket for mayor.

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Why Money Raised for Mayoral Bids Is Deceiving

Thursday, May 16, 2013

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Democrat Bill Thompson had the biggest haul of all the mayoral candidates this filing period — but because of the city's campaign finance rules, those numbers are deceiving.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The IRS Scandal, In Context

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The FBI has launched an investigation into IRS agents targeting certain conservative 501(c)(4) groups that had words like "tea party" and "patriot" in their name. Some see a politically-motivated scandal, some see efforts to reign in improper use of the "social welfare" designation. NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley discusses the mounting pressure on the Obama administration and what comes next.

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Controversy Over Access Overshadows Senate Hearing

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

A hearing by Senate Republicans on New York City’s public campaign financing system was overshadowed by protests, as government reform groups and other members of the public were denied entry, and noisy protests ensued.

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Senate GOP Hearings Will Examine NYC's Public Campaign Financing System

Friday, May 03, 2013

Republicans in the State Senate plan to hold hearings next Tuesday, May 7, on what they say are abuses in New York City’s public campaign finance system. 

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Jury Convicts Two Associates of City Comptroller John Liu

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Two former associates of a candidate seeking to become the city's first Asian-American mayor were convicted Thursday in a scheme to illegally raise campaign funds.

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Liu Aide Testifies in Campaign Fundraising Trial

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Sharon Lee, an aide to Comptroller John Liu, testified in federal court Thursday that she did propose to reimburse family members who donated to Liu's 2013 mayoral campaign.

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Liu Blasts Inquiry into His Fundraising at Mayoral Forum

Friday, March 01, 2013

City Comptroller John Liu issued a challenge to federal prosecutors at a mayoral forum Thursday night: put up or shut up.

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The Takeaway

Supreme Court Will Hear Case on Money in Politics

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Another big scene is coming up in the next term of that nine voice ensemble called the U.S. Supreme Court. The court agreed on Tuesday to hear a case on the limits of campaign contributions made directly to candidates and some political committees.

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Since Last State of the State, A Mixed Bag for Cuomo

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

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A year ago, in his State of the State address, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo dramatically proposed the world's largest convention center near JFK airport, $15 billion in infrastructure investments, restructuring the state's pension program, and public financing of elections.  As we head into the 2013 state of the state, here's a tally of where those promises ended up.

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The Takeaway

The Election's $3 Billion Price Tag

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan, independent research group that tracks money in campaigns and elections, Obama and Romney's spending, in conjunction with the nearly $1 billion spent by super PACs, will likely add up to $3 billion by the time the polls close today. What have the American people gained from the seventeen month, $3 billion campaign? Stephen Dubner, author and host of "Freakonomics," explains. 

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The Takeaway

Frontline's 'Big Sky, Big Money' Looks at Campaign Finance

Monday, October 29, 2012

To find out just how the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision has transformed political races in America, Frontline teamed up with Marketplace to look at the role of campaign finance in the race for one hotly contested Montana Senate seat. Kai Ryssdal, host of Marketplace, explains what he discovered while working on the documentary.

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NY Progressives Push for Public Campaign Finances

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

A coalition of major labor unions, progressive political groups and good-government advocates is trying to push New York's Legislature to adopt public financing of campaigns. The effort, aimed at a likely special session after the elections, would be used as a national model.

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Explainer: Why the RNC Has More Money than Mitt Romney

Friday, September 21, 2012

Campaign filings released Thursday show Mitt Romney and Republicans have more money socked away than Barack Obama and the Democrats – but the majority of that money is in the Republican National Committee’s account, not the candidate’s.

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Obama Fundraising: A Million More Donations, Only $3 Million Edge

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Obama and Romney campaigns announced their August fundraising totals Monday morning by touting the numbers they wanted you to see.

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Map: Is Your Favorite Sports Team for Romney or Obama?

Monday, August 20, 2012

In a town with two football teams, local fans are divided. Turns out the same goes for the team owners and their politics.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

501(c)(4)s and Politics

Monday, August 20, 2012

Pro Publica reporter, Kim Barker, talks about her reporting on the political activities of "social welfare" non-profits and how they're affecting the election.

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Money Talking

Political Moneyball on the Campaign Trail

Sunday, August 19, 2012

One of the most famous aphorisms about the campaign world comes from the late Jess "Big Daddy" Unruh, the legendary Speaker of the California Assembly and longtime chief of the state's Democratic Party: "Money is the mother's milk of politics."
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