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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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Common Cause New York Calls on Conflicts of Interest Board to Review Emails from "Agents of the City"

May 20, 2016

On February 22nd Common Cause New York sent a letter to the Conflicts of Interest Board (COIB) and Campaign Finance Board (CFB) requesting an investigation into Mayor Bill de Blasio's 501 (c) 4 entity called the Campaign for One New York. Although the Mayor has shuttered the Campaign for One New York, there remain related issues, noted in the complaint that still warrant investigation.


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.

Citizens United Isn’t Blocking Reforms

December 21, 2015

The good-government group Common Cause vehemently disagreed with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s assertion on Monday in a radio interview that the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case made it impossible for major campaign-finance law changes.

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Common Cause Applauds Mayor Miner

December 18, 2015

In response to news reports that Syracuse Mayor, Stephanie Miner, will no longer accept campaign contributions through the LLC loophole

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December 11, 2015

Government watchdogs renewed their calls for Governor Cuomo to act on limiting lawmakers' outside income, closing the "LLC loophole," beefing up state enforcement, and boosting transparency of discretionary budget items in the wake of the conviction today of former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, following close on the heels of the conviction of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver last week.

Common Cause NY Deplores Deal to Sell BK Public Library

December 10, 2015

Today's City Council vote in favor of selling a Brooklyn public library to a private developer to build a luxury condominium tower shows how New York City relies on privatization rather than innovation and so fails in preserving and enhancing our public infrastructure.

Ethics in Government

Report Finds that Vast Majority of New York State Lawmakers Have No Outside Jobs or Make Little Income from those Jobs

February 23, 2015

A coalition of government reform organizations today urged that Governor Cuomo and State Lawmakers agree on strict, new limits on legislators’ outside income. As part of their call, the groups issued a report, “Serving Two Masters: Conflicts of Interest in Albany,” which argued that New York should follow the restrictions applied to Congress.


Good Government Groups Call for Ethics and Rules Changes as Assembly Picks New Speaker

February 2, 2015

Today, representatives of New York's leading good government watchdog groups, the Brennan Center for Justice, Citizens Union, Common Cause/NY, the League of Women Voters and NYPIRG, responding to the disappointing process on display this past week leading to the selection of a new Assembly Speaker, urged the members of the Assembly to use this historic opportunity to pass long-overdue reforms that would transform how it conducts business.

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Call for Open Public Hearings to Restore Confidence After Garner Decision

December 10, 2014

Today, civil rights, civil liberties and good government groups sent a letter to Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders in Albany calling for open public hearings and a transparent and participatory legislative process following the failure of a Staten Island grand jury to indict the police officer whose chokehold resulted in the death of Eric Garner

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Judge Rules Proposed Redistricting Commission NOT Independent

September 17, 2014

In a strongly worded decision (attached), Albany Supreme Court Judge Patrick McGrath ruled unequivocally that the proposed redistricting commission: "cannot be described as 'independent' when eight out of the ten members are the handpicked appointees of the legislative leaders and the two additional members are essentially political appointees by proxy".

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