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Common Cause/New York Releases Muckraking Monday on Senator Mike Ranzenhofer

February 22, 2016

The first briefing focuses on contributions to Senator Mike Ranzenhofer via the LLC loophole from 2005-2015. The LLC loophole was a central issue in the corruption cases against Dean Skelos and Sheldon Silver who both accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from New York City based Glenwood Management, in return for preferential treatment. New York State law treats LLCs as individuals, as opposed to corporations, subject to the much higher contribution limit. As a result wealthy interests use it to circumvent the campaign finance laws to influence lawmakers and seek favorable policies.

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Common Cause New York Report: Campaign Contributions and Lobbying Expenditures by Fracking Interests toInfluence Public Policy

January 13, 2014

Common Cause/NY began research on this comprehensive update of our "Deep Drilling, Deep Pockets" series in Fall of 2012. Previous reports by Common Cause/NY have examined the lobbying and campaign contributions of corporations and organizations connected to the natural gas industry. This report consolidates all the information in a single updated and expanded publication and adds information on campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures by organizations opposing fracking.

Common Cause New York Report: Analysis of Independent Expenditures in the 2013 New York City Elections

November 27, 2013

This report analyses independent expenditures in the 2013 New York City elections and finds that independent expenditures were made in every election for the citywide offices of mayor, comptroller, and public advocate, four of the five borough president primaries but only one borough president general election, and nearly every competitive primary and general election for city council.

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An overview of our campaign against the proposed Comcast-Time Warner merger

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Fair Elections is a statewide effort to pass comprehensive campaign finance reform built around a core system of public financing of elections

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