The New York Times reports today on New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's launch of an investigation into contributions made to tax exempt groups that are heavily involved in political campaigns. The story notes that reform groups have pushed the FEC and the IRS for years to take action, to no avail.
New York Enviros: "the greatest threat to our environment here in New York may be an unlikely suspect: big money."
The Atlantic Chapter of Sierra Club and WE ACT for Environmental Justice have a compelling op-ed today in Newsday calling for the state legislature to act on Fair Elections legislation that is currently before both houses.
The groups note that they seldom stray from purely environmental issues, but that the big money influence, particularly in the "fracking" fight, has become too much to ignore.
Public Campaign Board Member Ilyse Hogue has a piece in The Nation today discussing the push for Fair Elections in New York. She notes that the coalition that has come together in support of the proposed reform is a unique and well-rounded collection of individuals.
Public Campaign's Nick Nyhart and Citizen Action NY's Karen Scharff Talk Fair Elections on The Capitol Pressroom
It's been a busy week for the campaign to bring Fair Elections to New York. Public Campaign President Nick Nyhart, along with Citizen Action New York's Executive Director Karen Scharff appeared on the radio yesterday to talk about the major campaign to bring Fair Elections to state legislative races. You can listen to their appearance here.
On Monday, we reported that the New York Times editorial board urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) and the legislature to pass Fair Elections legislation. This morning, there are three more important stories on efforts there.
First, from the Associated Press, national organizations are engaging their New York activists on this issue:
Here's a recap of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's (PCAF) work from March 26 through April 13, 2012.
The New York Times has a front page story today on the effort to bring Fair Elections to New York State legislative races. The story focuses on "an unusual and well-heeled coalition, trying to tap public anger over the flood of money into politics, (who are) pushing to enact a public financing system for elections in New York State."
Morning must-read: "House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., may have irritated members of his conference by donating to an anti-incumbent super PAC before the Illinois primary, but Rep.