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Thank Attorney General Schneiderman for Recent Action

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman provided local governments with legal tools to protect immigrant communities. Then he moved to join Common Cause New York’s lawsuit seeking to protect the rights of New York voters.
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Pay 2 Play Screening in NYC

September 6, 2014 - September 6, 2014

PAY 2 PLAY chronicles the corrupting influence of money in politics and what we can do fix the system. Join us for a post film question and answer with Susan Lerner of Common Cause/NY.

Moral Mondays in New York

January 26, 2015

Join with parents, students, voters, workers, and clergy to take back our democracy!

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Letters & Testimony

Letter to JCOPE re Proposed Advisory Opinion 15-0X

January 21, 2016

Upon further reading of the PAO, we are concerned over the potential First Amendment implications of the portion of the PAO addressing conversations with reporters and editorial boards, and the burdens it appears to impose on important speech between citizens and the media.

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Press Releases

Common Cause Recommends Legislation to Create Legal Defense Funds for NYC Public Officials

July 6, 2017

Today, Common Cause released a comparative analysis of Legal Defense Fund (LDF) models across the country and recommendations for New York City. A framework does not currently exist in New York, creating a policy gap in the campaign finance law. The paper was co-authored by Michael Halberstam, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Law and Economic Studies at Columbia Law School.

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Research & Reports

Senator Andrew Lanza and the LLC Loophole

June 3, 2016

Last week, Governor Cuomo proposed several pieces of legislation, each taking a different approach to closing a loophole that allows limited liability companies (LLCs) to contribute money to New York State campaigns at the same level as an individual person, rather than treating them like other business entities subject to much lower contribution limits.

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Background information on the redistricting in Nassau County

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