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In Albany, Campaign Finance Reform Becomes Just Another Political Game

May 12, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. — There are few people in scandal-shocked Albany arguing these days that the current system of campaign finance and ethics checks are ideal or even functional. And yet legislating

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When A Paycheck Is Worth Nothing

May 05, 2013

NEW YORK — More often than not, Marta Schwartz’s paycheck is worth nothing. The $5 she makes per hour as a server doesn’t even pay the taxes she owes on her

Crowdsourcing New York Political Clubs

May 02, 2013

Below is a searchable database of 224 political clubs that failed to register their contributions with the state. As part of a collaboration with our sister organization, Citizens Union, we are

Can Anything Be Done About Corruption In Albany?

Apr 07, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. — The arrests of two state lawmakers on federal corruption charges last week were unwelcome reminders that New York is among the nation’s go-to destinations for political scandal,