Common Cause New York focuses much of our work on the influence of money on the political process and its effect on public policy. New York State has some of the highest financial contribution limits in the country, making Albany ground zero for political corruption. Big dollar donors exploit the existing campaign finance laws to pump millions into campaign coffers, leaving average voters out in the cold.
Since the 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United vs. FEC, special interesting spending in state and local elections has only increased. In addition to our advocacy for tougher campaign finance laws, we publish regular analyses on the relationship between interest group spending and legislative outcomes to shed light on this troubling issue.