Public Campaign Financing

New York state Capitol
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Earlier this week, New York’s public campaign finance commission issued a plan to allow candidates for state offices to receive public matching grants for some campaign donations under $250. But advocates worry that the final report left out a key legal clause and that could jettison the entire program, if any one part of it is successfully challenged in court.

New York state Capitol
Jim Levulis / WAMC

New York state’s public campaign finance commission has voted on a package of bills that would enact a public matching donor program, and put strict new limits on the abilities of minor parties to qualify to be on the ballot. Monday’s meeting was at times interrupted by protesters, who compared the commission’s actions to those of President Donald Trump, while some government reform groups say they can’t support the final product.

New York state Capitol
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Reform groups say they are dismayed with the direction of a commission appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders to implement a public campaign finance system for state elected offices. The commission has just two more meetings before it issue its final report.

Pat Bradley/WAMC

The chair of New York State’s Democratic Party, Jay Jacobs, has found himself on the defensive after a leaked email revealed a proposal that could weaken minor parties backed by progressive Democrats, and strengthen the state’s Conservative Party.

The commission formed to create a public campaign financing system for New York elections reversed course this week, during a vote on how to structure a matching donor system. Advocates of a public system say the decision makes it more likely that the ultimate plan will result in a system that no candidate will ever use, and they believe that Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Democratic-led state Assembly are behind the change.  

New York State Senate Minority Leader John Flanagan
Matt Ryan, New York Now

Republican leaders in the New York state legislature are speaking out against a commission that is creating a public campaign financing system for state elected offices, saying the panel is fatally flawed. 

Karen Dewitt

New York state’s Republican Party chair is angered over the news that a commission to create a public campaign finance system for the state plans to issue its report on Thanksgiving Eve — traditionally a time when politicians release items that they want to downplay.

The state’s public campaign finance commission met for several hours on Columbus Day, to discuss the nuts and bolts details of how to implement a matching public donor system for statewide races in New York.

New York state Capitol
Jim Levulis / WAMC

A New York commission tasked with developing a plan to publicly finance state election campaigns will hold a special meeting on Columbus Day. Meanwhile, the state legislature is considering whether to return to the Capitol in December for a special session to potentially reverse some of the commission’s anticipated decisions.   

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

The first hearing of a state commission to implement a public campaign finance system for New York’s elections was overshadowed by the issue of whether to end fusion voting, which allows candidates to run on multiple ballot lines. Critics of the proposal say Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to strike against a left-leaning party that he’s been feuding with, something the governor denies.

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

The first meeting of the commission created to devise a public campaign finance system for New York's political races is scheduled for Wednesday. Advocates hope the commission, which has been slow to start, will start taking steps towards a final report due in December.

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

New York leaders have tapped nine people for a task force that will create the rules governing the state's new $100 million public campaign finance system.

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

Public campaign financing could be coming to New York by the end of this year now that Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature have created a commission to come up with a plan. Supporters say the current system favors a small group of big money donors at the expense of the average citizen and needs to be changed. But not everyone agrees that is a good idea.

Dr. Alan Chartock
Eric Korenman

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses accusations of inappropriate behavior against former Vice President Joe Biden, and the $175.5 billion state budget deal reached by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders. He also comments on a new plastic bag ban in New York, and the issue of public campaign financing. 

Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, Sen. Alessandra Biaggi and Sen. Jessica Ramos get ready for a press conference Wednesday, March 27
Karen DeWitt

The push for a public campaign finance system for New York’s politicians heated up as a feud erupted between three young female lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top aides.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

More than 200 groups are pushing for New York to enact a public campaign finance system for statewide candidates. And they say they’ve never been closer to achieving their goal.

Comptroller DiNapoli.
Pat Bradley / WAMC

  The New York State Board of Elections recently issued its final report on an experimental public campaign finance system that had no participants. Government reform groups say it’s another sign that the pilot program for one race in the 2014 election cycle was designed to fail, and that politicians in New York are not yet serious about real campaign finance reforms.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

Public campaign financing has left Vermont's incumbent Republican lieutenant governor in an unusual position — trying to catch up in the campaign money race against a Progressive challenger.