Public Campaign Financing

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.