Campaign Finance

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    The Seven Worst Elected Officials in the Tri-State Region, 2014 Edition

    This week the Voice took part in a national project with 50 other alternative press journalists that named the country's worst elected officials. The list named 53 politicians from 23 states -- including the District of Columbia -- who fit into one of five categories: hatemongers, sleazeballs, blowh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    Rep. Michael Grimm Non-Apologizes For Threatening to Throw NY1 Reporter "Off This Fucking Balcony" [UPDATED]

    Oh thank God, something interesting happened during the State of the Union. We'd thought the highlight of the evening might be watching House Speaker John Boehner stubbornly refusing to crack a smile, glowering over the president's shoulder, while next to him, Joe Biden beamed maniacally and method ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    Is it Illegal to Make a TV Show About Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes During Election Season?

    You know, it used to be the case that if two New York politicians needed to settle a score, one could shoot the other in the gut. The contenders for Brooklyn district attorney aren't so quaint. Still, at least one is using the most familiar weapon in his arsenal: The lawsuit. Abe George is a candid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    Mayoral Race Campaign Finance Rules Will Not Change, For Now

    The day after two former campaign aides of mayoral candidate John Liu got busted for attempting to defraud the city through an illegal campaign finance scheme, a Manhattan supreme court shut down GOP mayoral candidate George McDonald's hope of changing the city's campaign finance rules. Currently, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    Obama Team To Support Gov. Cuomo In Campaign Finance Reform Battle

    This past January, Governor Cuomo reiterated a point in his State of the State address that he's made since his first day on office: New York needs to completely overhaul its campaign finance system a-s-a-p. "We must enact campaign finance reform because people believe that campaigns are financed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Anthony Weiner, Sexting Ex-Pol, Paid Private Eyes to Investigate Tallywacker Tweet

    Anthony Weiner, the sext-loving, dick-pic tweeting, disgraced former congressman, used some $13,000 campaign money for damage control. The Daily News says that Weiner paid private detectives to investigate the bogus claim that his Twitter account had been hacked, before he owned up to sending the p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Andrew Cuomo Spent Over $1,000 on Hair Stylist for Campaign

    ​In today's paper, the New York Times reports that Governer Andrew Cuomo's campaign paid $1,383.86 to the Chicago-based stylist Alx Galasinao in January, as revealed in a recent campaign finance filing. More surprising than the amount Cuomo spent is the Times' decision to cover this non-story. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    State Senator Carl Kruger Finally Hit With Corruption and Bribery Charges

    ​State Senator Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn) and Assemblyman William Boyland turned themselves into police this morning in order to face longstanding allegations of a bribery conspiracy. As the Village Voice's Tom Robbins wrote back in the summer of 2010, Kruger "has been relentlessly soaking [Sout ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    The Very Worst Way to Express Condolences Over Ted Stevens, Period, by Lisa Murkowski

    Click to Enlarge.​Former Alaska senator Ted Stevens died in a plane crash yesterday. Voice staff writer Steven Thrasher tips us off to a screengrab he got shortly after of Alaska's NBC affiliate reporting the to a campaign ad of sitting Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski. Notably, Murko ... More >>

  • Columns

    July 6, 2010

    Carl Kruger's Russian Secrets

    State senator's big stash attracts the FBI

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    When Shepard Fairey Vandalizes the Music Hall of Williamsburg, He Does It While Listening to Band of Horses

    Gregg Greenwood​So, if you're keeping track of Shepard Fairey-related activity around NYC, there is the wall on Houston Street, the Ace Hotel wrap-around, the May Day show at Deitch Projects and, last but not least, a permanent, indoor mural installation at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. That ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • News

    February 2, 2010

    The Reinvention of Andrew Cuomo

    A Prince of Darkness turns White Knight

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Barrett: My Favorite Nugget from Last Night's Debate

    ​My favorite nugget from last night's mayoral debate was Mike Bloomberg's smug smile as he pronounced Joe Bruno a better majority leader of the state senate than Pedro Espada. Democrat Bill Thompson had already picked the-sometime Democrat Espada as the better of the two. By 3:12 a.m., the Po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Barrett: My Favorite Nugget from Last Night's Debate

    ​My favorite nugget from last night's mayoral debate was Mike Bloomberg's smug smile as he pronounced Joe Bruno a better majority leader of the state senate than Pedro Espada. Democrat Bill Thompson had already picked the-sometime Democrat Espada as the better of the two. By 3:12 a.m., the Po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2009

    Bloomy Flack Changes Speeds on Campaign Spending

    This weekend brought a good reminder about how campaign spokespeople are just hired guns, spinning the message for whoever is picking up the tab. When papers reported on Saturday that Mayor Bloomberg - who has refused to participate in the city's public campaign finance system that caps spending - h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    Pol's Challenge Could Mean Trouble for "1st Non-Profit Election Consulting Firm"

    ​The city's campaign finance laws and matching fund program allow the public to see into a candidate's war chest as if it were made of glass. But as the unfolding story of the blurred line between the non-profit Working Families Party and the for-profit Data and Fields Services shows, those me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    Mayor Gives Donors Helpful To-Do List

    None of this backroom deal stuff for Mayor Bloomberg: when he wants something from "the political donor community," he gives them a pre-printed list on a little card. He first came up with the idea for the "pocket reminder" of mayoral priorities in 2006; the New York Sun found it "nifty." Bloomberg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2009

    Scientologists Arrest Protesters, Push Through Ban on Pickets at Cal. Base

    The Scientology protesters Mark Bunker, also known as "Wise Beard," and Mark Lowell were arrested yesterday for picketing outside the cult's lavish Gold Base complex in Hemet, California. The arrests are described as "citizen's arrests" instigated by Scientology management, though the two men were t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    Bill Thompson Files to Run for Mayor

    There was already a "New Yorkers for Bill Thompson" website urging us to support his mayoral bid, and he's been dropping hints and -- most significantly -- standing up to Bloomberg, but today comptroller William C. Thompson put in his papers with the Campaign Finance Board and made it official. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    Rangel Paid Parking Tickets with Campaign Funds, FWIW

    It has been weeks since someone turned over any dirt on Charles Rangel, so let's thank the Daily News for noticing the Ways and Means Chairman's use of campaign funds to pay his parking tickets. Of course Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the watchdog group that broke the story, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2007

    Brodsky Crashes Congestion Pricing Debate

    Assemblyman Richard Brodsky is taking to the steps of City Hall today to denounce Mayor Bloomberg's congestion pricing plan, raising concerns about is implementation, economics, and effect on privacy. As for its implementation, Brodsky says though the mayor is touting the plan as a pilot program, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2007

    Election Countdown: 40 Days to Go!

    All right, it's just a special election, but the City Council contests in Brooklyn and Staten Island on February 20 might be more significant than you think. For one thing, they might be the last time voters in New York City use old-fashioned lever machines. For another, they are the first elections ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2005
  • Blogs

    September 6, 2005

    Campaigns Get Clubbed

    In its latest batch of campaign finance filings, the Gifford Miller campaign disclosed a check for $5,000 to the Guy Brewer Democratic club for "petition office." Combined with an earlier $1,000 disbursement to the Wesley Democratic Club for "campaign workers," Miller appears to top all other candid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • NYC Life

    August 23, 2005
  • Blogs

    May 17, 2005

    Bounced Checks, Booze, & the Mayoral Race

    Candidate finance reports reveal the oddities of life on the campaign trail The latest mayoral campaign finance reports are in and there are lots of big numbers to look at, like Mayor Michael Bloomberg's almost $10 million in spending already. But the tiny numbers are interesting too, in that they ... More >>

  • News

    October 26, 2004

    The Best Votes Money Can Buy

    Facts and figures of the most expensive election campaign in U.S. history

  • News

    August 10, 2004

    Brooklyn's Blood War

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

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2004
  • News

    January 20, 2004

    Supreme Court's Gag Rule on Us

    'The Powerful Have Only Gotten More Powerful'

  • News

    October 28, 2003

    Rush to Judgment

    Why New York's Leading Reformers Oppose Charter Change

  • News

    October 21, 2003

    The Bush-Cheney Gazillions Tour

    Get Out Your Checkbooks. It's a Bundle of Fun

  • News

    January 14, 2003

    Tough Watchdog

    Lefþer the Latest to Feel Campaign Board’s Bite

  • News

    April 3, 2001

    Prez Wonders: Where Have All the Good Times Gone?

    Economy Bad, Congress Mean, China Won't Give Back Plane

  • News

    March 27, 2001

    Bush Shadowboxes With Russia

    Prez Plays Tough Guy on Anti-Nuke Funding

  • News

    October 3, 2000

    Senator Straddle

    East Side Liberals Tire of Roy Goodman’s Albany Alibis

  • News

    August 15, 2000

    Naming the Corporate Criminals

    Granny D. and Gen X Protesters Welcome Democrats to L.A.

  • News

    August 15, 2000

    Surfing Up Democracy

    Blue Dog Dems—and Their Corporate Sponsors—Hear It From the Beach

  • News

    August 8, 2000

    The Money Pitch

    Major-League Donation Follows Mets Minor-League Deal

  • News

    August 1, 2000

    Mamma Arianna

    Booed for Backing Bush, McCain Gets Squeeze From Huffington

  • News

    March 14, 2000
  • News

    September 7, 1999

    'Dollar Bill' Bucks the Odds

    The Great Liberal Hope from Wall Street

  • News

    February 9, 1999

    Soft Money Rudy

    Giuliani busts city and federal campaign limits on his way to possible senate run

  • News

    September 29, 1998
  • News

    September 15, 1998

    On the Mark

    Green's populist campaign appeals to Hollywood and Harlem

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