New York

Comment on the New York Emergency Regulations Relative to Independent Expenditure Reporting

Chairman James A. Walsh Chairman Douglas A. Kellner New York State Board of Elections 40 North Pearl St., Ste. 5 Albany, NY 12207-2729 Via Electronic Mail: [email protected] Dear Co-Chairman Kellner, Co-Chairman Walsh, and Members of the Board: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”),[1] I write to respectfully comment on the Emergency Regulations […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Featured Content, State, State Comments and Testimony, New York

Newsday: State: No limit on individual political donations (In the News)

By Michael Gormley The Board of Elections in a closed-door session concluded the state cap is “unenforceable,” said board spokesman John Conklin. The board Thursday decided the state’s limit can’t be enforced after federal court decisions following the 2010 Citizens United decision, in which the U.S. Supreme Court allowed corporations and other interests a freer hand in […]

Filed Under: Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, Contribution Limits State, In the News, Quotes CCP, New York

Yonkers Tribune: Conservative Party Supports Taxpayers – Opposes Public Money for Campaigns (In the News)

By Hezi Aris In September 2011, Jason Farrell published a report for the Center for Competitive Politics that showed how a number of candidates and their associates, in New York City, Maine and Arizona willfully abuse the campaign finance system, exploit loopholes ensuring they can keep much of their donation money off the books, and […]

Filed Under: In the News, Quotes CCP, State, State In the News, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax-Financing, New York

New York Aggregate Limit Statute Likely Unconstitutional under McCutcheon

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo Governor of New York State NYS State Capitol Building Albany, NY 12224 Re:  New York Aggregate Limit Statute Likely Unconstitutional under McCutcheon Dear Governor Cuomo: With the 2014 elections rapidly approaching, we urge you to take quick action to respond to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. FEC,[1] […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Comments, Contribution Limits State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, External Relations Sub-Pages, State, State Comments and Testimony, New York

In the News: Albany Times-Union (LTE): Female candidates don’t need handouts

By Luke Wachob If you saw the rally and didn’t know better, you were probably given the impression that campaign fundraising is keeping women out of high office and that providing tax funds for political campaigns will lessen or solve this problem. If that’s true, nobody told the women of Arizona and Maine, where tax-financed campaigns have […]

Filed Under: In the News, Published Articles, Arizona, Maine, New York

The Dangers of Government Control over Campaigns: NYC Edition

As New York State legislators consider implementing a taxpayer-financed campaign scheme modeled after New York City’s program, a complaint filed against the New York City Campaign Finance Board (NYCCFB) raises an important concern about these programs:  if public funding becomes a necessity to win public office, the government can effectively shut down campaigns merely by […]

Filed Under: Blog, Communications, External Relations Sub-Pages, Issues, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Taxpayer Financed Campaigns, Albany, Center for Competitive Politics, clean elections, Diversity in Legislatures, Government Run Elections, John Liu, Lawsuit, Luke Wachob, New York City Campaign Finance Board, tax financing, New York

Citizens United, States Divided: An Empirical Analysis of Independent Political Spending

This study examines the effect the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. FEC has on independent spending in American politics. Previous attempts to answer this question have focused solely on federal elections where there is no baseline for comparing changes in spending behavior. The authors, Douglas M. Spencer and Abby K. Wood, overcome […]

Filed Under: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Independent Speech, Issues, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Research, Super PACs, 50 States, Abby K. Wood, Center for Competitive Politics, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Corporate spending, Douglas M. Spencer, Independent Expenditures, Indepent Spending, Indiana Law Journal, money in politics, Supreme Court, Union spending, Independent Speech, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Independent Speech, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Another “clean” candidate caught for corruption

We often point out that while supporters of tax-financed campaigns portray these programs as a way to fundamentally transform the make-up and behavior of government, existing tax-financing programs are plagued with corruption, and they look (see here and here) and act (see here and here) a lot like the privately-financed legislatures they replaced. Interestingly, the […]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Maine, New York

Policy Primer: The National Popular Vote Proposal – A Step Away from Federalism and a Step Towards Chaos

This Policy Primer briefly reviews and summarizes five key shortcomings of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPV) and debunks the four most common myths associated with this plan for electing the President, which is quietly being signed onto in state legislatures across the country. The NPV proposal is an attempt to get states to agree […]

Filed Under: Electoral College, Research, Center for Competitive Politics, Checks and Balances, Electoral College, Founding Fathers, National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, npv, Policy Primer, Tara Ross, Electoral College, Electoral College, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District Of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

$60 Million Down the Drain

No matter how many times we set the record straight, it seems we just can’t rid the world of myths surrounding tax-financed campaigns (for an introduction to tax-financed campaigns, see here). The latest comes from an opinion piece in the Huffington Post by a tax-financing advocate, who claims that New York State will actually save […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Sub-Pages, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, campaign finance reform, Citizen Action New York, clean elections, Empire State, Karen Scharff, Luke Wachob, money in politics, Moreland Commission, New York, public financing, tax financing, Maine, New York