In its publication, Money for Nothing, Unshackle Upstate rails against comprehensive campaign finance reform, including the public financing of elections. However, the paper's claims have already been refuted repeatedly.
Our Founders feared corruption. They did not want government beholden to narrow, elite interests. Aggregate contribution limits are exactly the type of protections the Founders envisioned. The Supreme Court must uphold them.
The Brennan Center applauds the launch of New York's Project Sunlight database, a searchable portal that discloses meetings among government officials, individuals and entities with business before those officials.
In a friend-of-the-court brief, the Brennan Center explained how striking down aggregate contribution limits would allow wealthy donors unfettered access to and influence over elected officials, mirroring the pattern of donations to Super PACs.
In an open letter to the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), nearly 60 business and civic leaders called on Senate Co-President Jeff Klein and the IDC to bring campaign finance reform legislation to a vote on the floor of the State Senate.
At a discussion with business leaders and advocacy groups, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman unveiled new regulations to help end secret spending in New York State elections and called on the Senate to pass comprehensive campaign finance reform, including a small donor public financing system.
On the same day as the State Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference hearings on campaign finance reform, community leaders from across the state called on the Senate to go further by scheduling a vote to bring real change to Albany.
Shareholders who actually own a company should have a say in how their money is spent. The Shareholder Protection Act, reintroduced in Congress today, would provide the transparency these citizens need to make informed investment decisions.
We are saddened by the untimely passing of Bob Edgar, President of Common Cause. We were honored to work with Bob through the years in the fight to renew American democracy. His optimism and high ideals were powerful forces. We extend our deep condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues at Common Cause.