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Money & Influence 02.22.2016

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

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.

Ethics 02.3.2016

Common Cause/NY Statement on Siena College Poll

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.

Ethics 02.3.2016

Common Cause/NY Testimony on NYC Council Pay Raises

Today, Common Cause/NY Executive Director, Susan Lerner, testified before the New York City Council about pay raises and related reforms.

Ethics 01.29.2016

Government Reform Groups Weigh in on NYC Council Raise Deal

Common Cause/NY, Citizens Union, and NYPIRG issued a joint statement in anticipation of the upcoming vote to raise salaries for members of the New York City Council.

Voting & Elections 01.22.2016

Common Cause/NY Statement on Governor Cuomo's State of the State

In response to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's State of the State address, Common Cause/NY issued the following statement:

Ethics 01.22.2016

NYC Must Tie Council Pay Increase to Eliminating Lulus

Today the Mayor sent a letter to the Speaker of the New York City Council approving a salary increase in exchange for eliminating outside income.

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