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Gov. Cuomo's Moment of Truth

Miles Rapoport | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Miles Rapoport

The legislation includes tighter contribution limits and beefed-up enforcement of New York's campaign finance laws. But its centerpiece is a "fair elections" program that would boost the clout of small-dollar campaign donors by supplementing their modest contributions with public matching funds.

Paul Blumenthal

Here's How Ben & Jerry's Co-Founder Wants To Stamp Money Out Of Politics

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- These days Ben Cohen, co-founder and former CEO of Ben & Jerry's, is trying to make an impact with stamps, not scoops. His target: the i...

Paul Blumenthal

Democrats Rally Behind Reform Bill To Fight Big Money

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Democratic leaders joined together on Capitol Hill Wednesday to introduce a new campaign-finance reform bill to help lessen the in...

Warren Pushes New York To 'Go, Go, Go' On Progressive Policies

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics

In her first public appearance in New York City since she was elected in 2012, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) inserted her voice into state debates o...

Sustainable City Building

Jens Martin Skibsted | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Jens Martin Skibsted

The challenge of global warming is no longer the science, or the rate of innovation, but the rate of implementation: We have the clean solutions, now let's bundle them and install them.

Paul Blumenthal

We Knew New York Was Corrupt, But We Didn't Know It Was This Bad

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a sweeping indictment of New York politics, a commission empaneled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to investigate official corruption in the...

Spending $60 Million to Save $1 Billion

Karen Scharff | Posted 01.31.2014 | New York
Karen Scharff

We are told that the state gives these tax breaks to "grow the economy and create jobs." But too often that's just a cover. Really, decisions are not being made to benefit all of us, but rather to take care of big campaign donors, regardless of any public benefit.

Paul Blumenthal

The New Campaign Finance Reformers Look To Jump-Start A Movement

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

COLUMBIA, Md. -- The 2014 election is over a year away, but even so Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) found himself standing in late July in the recessed liv...

North Carolina Legislature Repeals Popular 'Voter Owned Elections' Program

Adam Smith | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics
Adam Smith

On Thursday night, the North Carolina House gave final approval to an anti-democracy elections overhaul bill that makes it harder to vote, allows more money into the political system, and repeals the state's public financing laws.

Paul Blumenthal

Big Defeat For Campaign Finance Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New York state's comprehensive campaign finance reform, including public election financing, failed Thursday night in the state Senate. ...

Paul Blumenthal

Progressives Press House Dems On Big Issue

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A coalition of progressive leaders, including MoveOn.org Executive Director Anna Galland, Rebuild the Dream President Van Jones and Dail...

Paul Blumenthal

Governor's Big Push Against Big Money

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Appearing above a banner that read "Restoring Public Trust" Tuesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) introduced a comprehensive campaign ...

Paul Blumenthal

Can New York Fix Its Campaign Finance Laws?

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Fake hundred dollar bills rained down on the New York State Senate in Albany on Wednesday as protesters called for the passage of campai...

Why Big Money Still Won in 2012

Jonathan Backer | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Backer

“We got way too excited over money in the 2012 elections,” Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein argued at a conference on money in politic...

Paul Blumenthal

Campaign Finance Reform Faces Notorious Hurdle

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.02.2013 | Politics

In downtown New York City on Wednesday, state Sen. Jeff Klein, the leader of the Independent Democratic Conference, launched the first of four public ...

It Takes a Democracy Movement

Calvin Sloan | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics
Calvin Sloan

"It's not that the system is broken," says the conservative populist Governor Buddy Roemer, "it's that it's bought." The question that logically follows is what we, the American people, can do about it. How can we remove the corroding influence of money in politics?

Cuomo Can Fix New York's 'Pay to Play' Reputation and Set National Example

Michael Keegan | Posted 06.29.2013 | New York
Michael Keegan

The state of New York has become an embarrassing example of what can happen when money is allowed to rule politics. But New York and its governor, Andrew Cuomo, now have an opportunity to shed the state's pay-to-play image.

Paul Blumenthal

N.C. Gov, Mini-Koch Target 'Clean Elections'

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In early 2011, after Republicans swept into power in both houses of the North Carolina state legislature, the conservative John Locke Fo...

Paul Blumenthal

State Advances Campaign Finance Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After letting its public campaign financing system become obsolete, Hawaii is finally moving forward with a bill to bring the 30-year-ol...

Paul Blumenthal

Election Reformers See Big Chance In Key State

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics

A coalition of groups calling for public financing of candidates in New York is launching an advertising and grassroots push on Monday to raise awaren...

Obama Group Jumps In To Help New York Governor

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics

The reorganized Obama campaign, now called Organizing for Action, is jumping into the New York state legislative effort, pushed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (...

Hawaii Showing the Way Toward Cleaner Elections

Bob Edgar | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Bob Edgar

The Hawaii drive for public financing of campaigns is another illustration of how Americans are pushing back against the Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations have the same rights as people.

Paul Blumenthal

New York Campaign Finance Reformers Win Big

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the last outstanding race for a New York State Senate seat called on Friday, campaign finance reform in the Empire State is also lo...

Paul Blumenthal

Dems Aim For One Unified Bill On Campaign Finance

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In an effort to show a unified front, five members of a campaign finance reform task force organized by House Democrats reintroduced thr...

Paul Blumenthal

Dem Governor Targets Money In Politics

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In each of his three State of the State addresses, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has given increasing levels of detail to his support f...