Governor Andrew Cuomo released his executive budget proposal for 2019 with major improvements to New York State democracy. The proposal includes small donor public financing of state political campaigns, a system that would match donations of $175 or less by 6 to 1. The governor also included automatic voter registration in the proposal.
Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed the 2015 corruption conviction of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and ordered a new trial in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in McDonnell v. United States.
Today, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a counsel’s opinion urging the State Legislature to take aggressive action to strengthen protections against the collaboration and coordination between candidates and super PACs that has undermined campaign finance systems around the country.
The state legislature never intended to create this loophole, which has allowed millions of secret dollars to enter New York elections. We intend to pursue all our options for correcting the Board of Elections error.
The Brennan Center and Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP, on behalf of several former and current atate legislators and other plaintiffs, filed suit against the New York State Board of Elections to close the state’s infamous “LLC Loophole.”