April 26, 2012
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Letters & Testimony
March 1, 2011
June 29, 2016; Blog Post, Status Update
"This is not a conversation for the back burner ," Assemblywoman Latrice Walker said about voting rights at the Brooklyn NAACP Voter Engagement Conference on a recent Saturday morning. With panels of accomplished attorneys, politicians, and civil rights activists, members of the Brooklyn community gathered to discuss the NAACP Brooklyn Votes campaign and efforts to engage voters throughout the greater New York City area.
June 15, 2016; Press Release, Status Update
Common Cause praised New York legislators who crossed party lines to urge Congress to pass a constitutional amendment
February 22, 2016
Today Common Cause/New York sent a letter addressed to the Conflicts of Interest Board (COIB) and the Campaign Finance Board (CFB) calling for a review of Mayor Bill de Blasio's use of 501(c)4 entities to raise money: the Campaign for One New York and United for Affordable NYC.
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.
Research & Reports
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.
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.