This was the best chance in a generation to deal with Albany’s corrupt culture. Governor Cuomo's decision to shut down the Moreland Commission is especially disappointing. All New Yorkers will live with the consequences of this failure.
Hundreds of millions of dollars, funneled through nonprofit organizations, are spent on election ads. The proposed IRS rules will help ensure the nonprofit form is not abused by those who want to anonymously spend massive sums on elections.
Elections are dominated by big donors who can afford to buy political access. Comprehensive campaign finance reform, including public financing, is needed to empower those average voters who are shut out under the current system.
In a friend-of-the-court brief, the Brennan Center explained that the Supreme Court’s expansion of corporate political speech in Citizens United provides no basis for recognizing religious rights in for-profit corporations.