Press Releases

Press Releases

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.

Common Cause/NY Statement on Siena College Poll

February 1, 2016

Today Siena College Research Institute released a poll which found that 89% of New Yorkers say that corruption is somewhat or very serious, and almost half (49%) are less likely to re-elect their current representative because of corruption.

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.

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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