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    February 22, 2010

    Mike Bloomberg Broke Election Law, Admit His Own Lawyers

    Things are looking slushy, Mike​Even Mike Bloomberg's lawyers say he broke election law when he gave $1.2 million to the Independence Party right before the November election. The mayor's media guru, Howard Wolfson, and his elections lawyer Ken Gross told the Daily News that Bloomberg's two ... More >>

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    November 4, 2009

    Ulrich Turns Seven Months of Incumbency to His Advantage

    By Amanda Sakuma ​City Council member Eric Ulrich of Queens' 32nd district proved he's no longer "just a kid," reclaiming not only his seat in yesterday's election, but also his title as the council's youngest member. The 24-year-old Republican won even though 60 percent of registered voters ... More >>

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    July 24, 2006

    Cash Clashes Loom for Campaign Reformers

    That the lifecycle of city politics ends and begins with money was clear in two recent announcements from the Campaign Finance Board. On July 12, the CFB announced new payments or penalties for several candidates in the 2005 elections. A week later, the board accepted the first round of disclosure r ... More >>

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    July 21, 2006

    Campaign Cash: '09 No Shows

    City Councilman Tony Avella made the papers this week by being the only person so far to file with the city Campaign Finance Board as a 2009 mayoral candidate. Of course, Avella's $10,805 isn't really the only mayoral money on the table: Possible contenders like Comptroller William Thompson ($519,0 ... More >>

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    November 22, 2005

    Council Orgy

    Erasing term limits and contribution caps amid a speaker battle

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    November 16, 2005

    Pro-Union Council Gives Labor Their Bill

    With organized labor pushing hard for the legislation, the city council voted today in favor of a bill narrowing restrictions on labor unions' contributions to political candidates. Passage of the bill marks the first time in the 17-year history of the city's Campaign Finance Board that a rule has b ... More >>

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    November 15, 2005

    Council Jihad

    De Blasio Leads Unholy Union War on City's Campaign Finance Board

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    September 9, 2005

    Miller's Money Mystery Goes On

    Miller's campaign may be scraping against the spending ceiling, but if Bloomberg were playing by the same rules, he's have exceeded the limit four times (City Council). At a testy meeting Friday the Campaign Finance Board ruled that Gifford Miller's campaign was "not in compliance" with the rules o ... More >>

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    September 2, 2005

    Weiner Banks on a Runoff

    As candidates reported their latest fundraising and spending figures to the Campaign Finance Board on Friday, Anthony Weiner's campaign announced that it had opened a bank account to finance a runoff. The congressman apparently was emboldened by the recent New York Times poll that has him in second ... More >>

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    August 29, 2005

    Council Races: Big Bucks for a Lonely Fight

    Barely a fortnight before the September 13th primary, things are looking pretty good for City Councilmember David Weprin of Queens. The son of a late New York State Assembly speaker and chair of the powerful Council Finance Committee has the Working Families Party endorsement, has raised more than $ ... More >>

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    August 26, 2005

    Advocate Race: Debt Be Not Proud

    Last week a Power Plays item misstated city campaign finance rules on loans from candidates to their own campaigns—and did so in a way that obscured a major strategic (and personal) gamble by Andrew Rasiej. As reported earlier, Campaign Finance Board records show that 36 candidates have taken ... More >>

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    August 25, 2005

    Two Blows in Brooklyn Council Battle

    Good news came in twos on Thursday for City Council candidate Darlene Mealy, the transit worker who's battling William Boyland, Sr., for the Brownsville council seat that his term-limited daughter Tracy Boyland now holds. Good news, Part I: Assemblyman Nick Perry, who represents Brownsville and Ea ... More >>

  • News

    August 16, 2005

    Statistics Still Do Lie

    Ferrer and Undecided lead muddled Democratic primary pack

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    August 15, 2005

    Weiner's Cash Stash Grows

    Congressman Anthony Weiner makes a habit of placing fourth out of four in polls among the Democratic field for mayor, and a recent Marist Poll found that a mere 1 percent of respondents think he'll be elected the next mayor (of course, only 2 percent thought Gifford Miller had the look of a winner, ... More >>

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    July 19, 2005

    You, Too, Can Fund Your Own Campaign!

    What do Manuel Cavaco, Melvin Davis, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have in common? According to the most recent finance summary from the Campaign Finance Board, they are the only three candidates who reported funding their campaigns from a single donor. So far in the mayoral race, that's one measure ... More >>

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    December 21, 2004
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    November 23, 2004

    Getting the Incest Out

    A Bloomberg proposal that could transform city campaign finance

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    November 23, 2004
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    August 10, 2004

    Brooklyn's Blood War

    A soap-opera congressional race turns into a scandal of campaign-finance abuse

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    June 22, 2004

    A Real Chance at Reform

    Bloomberg plans to limit campaign contributions from people doing business with the city

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    September 2, 2003

    A Paucity of Choices

    Few Challengers, and Fewer Issues, in Council Races

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    August 12, 2003

    Ferrer's Campaign Scandal

    Sidekick Ramirez and Friends Snared 2001 Bonanza

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    January 28, 2003

    Grading the Speaker

    Miller's Council Gets 'A' for Courage, Mixed Results on Budget and Bills

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    January 15, 2002

    A Question of Candor

    New Council Speaker Misled Campaign Finance Officials, Ducked Limits

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    August 28, 2001

    Mother Dearest & the Courthouse Cabal

    A Public Advocate Candidate Has a Patronage Problem

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    August 28, 2001

    New York’s Bean Counter

    Will the Votes Add Up for Alan Hevesi?

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    July 24, 2001

    Hankering for a Loophole

    Is Hevesi Doing an End-Run Around Campaign Finance Rules?

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    April 3, 2001

    Academic Outrage

    Under Reform Guise, Giuliani Turns CUNY Into Patronage Mill

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    September 19, 2000

    Advantage: Hevesi

    City Comptroller Scores Big in Primary Races as Ferrer and Green Stumble

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    September 5, 2000

    Brooklyn Betrayal

    Una Clarke Tramples on the Truth, Friends, and the Law

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    August 1, 2000

    Gotta Be in It to Win It

    Newcomers Bid for 2001 Council Seats

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    January 25, 2000

    Campaign Cash

    Vallone Leads Pack in Real Estate Dollars

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    September 30, 1997