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  • Vance Fallout Echoes Other Controversies that Led to Reforms

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    Comptroller Tom DiNapoli (@NYSComptroller)


    As the office and campaign of Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance reexamine internal policies regarding the acceptance of campaign contributions, they may want to reference the guidebook of the office of the State Comptroller or Attorney General, both of which have implemented their own donor-vetting systems and guidelines in the wake of controversies involving fundraising practices. These checks far exceed what is required by ...

  • Vance Controversy Spotlights Lax Campaign Finance Rules for District Attorneys

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    Manhattan DA Cy Vance (photo: @ManhattanDA)


    Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., was recently dragged into an unflattering spotlight over his decision not to prosecute disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein for a forcible touching incident in 2015 and for dropping a fraud investigation into members of the Trump family in a 2012, while apparently receiving campaign contributions from lawyers associated with both parties.

    While it is not illegal - or uncommon - for district attorneys to accept contributions from

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  • A Smattering of Independent Expenditures in City Election Cycle

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    (IE mailer on behalf of Francisco Moya by the hotel workers union)


    In 2013, independent expenditures by shadowy groups became a dominant talking point around the city’s elections that year. Large spending in races up and down the ballot led to legal changes post-election, but candidates that year benefitted from -- and were hurt by -- large sums of campaign money from groups forbidden from coordinating with their campaigns, but with clear stakes in the outcomes of the elections.

    In 2013, independent groups tied to big real

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  • Rochester Mayor Accused of Circumventing Campaign Finance Rules

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    Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren (via Facebook)


    Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren is drawing scrutiny for apparently using a political action committee she founded in 2015 help finance her 2017 re-election campaign and for repeatedly accepting over-the-limit contributions from business interests, as shown by her campaign finance records.

    The Warren for a Strong Rochester PAC can accept virtually unlimited donations, but like other donors, the PAC is prohibited from

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