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New York Enviros: "the greatest threat to our environment here in New York may be an unlikely suspect: big money."

The Atlantic Chapter of Sierra Club and WE ACT for Environmental Justice have a compelling op-ed today in Newsday calling for the state legislature to act on Fair Elections legislation that is currently before both houses.

The groups note that they seldom stray from purely environmental issues, but that the big money influence, particularly in the "fracking" fight, has become too much to ignore.

How To Beat Citizens United

The Washington Post's E.J. Dionne has an op-ed today on fighting big money influence in our elections post-Citizens Uinted. He looks to the Fair Elections campaign that is underway in New York state that could bring public financing to state legislative races.

Public Campaign's Nick Nyhart and Citizen Action NY's Karen Scharff Talk Fair Elections on The Capitol Pressroom

It's been a busy week for the campaign to bring Fair Elections to New York. Public Campaign President Nick Nyhart, along with Citizen Action New York's Executive Director Karen Scharff appeared on the radio yesterday to talk about the major campaign to bring Fair Elections to state legislative races. You can listen to their appearance here.

End Big Money's Stranglehold on NY

Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-NY), one of the country's leading voices for reforming our broken political system, has a great op-ed in the New York Daily News today:

In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court issued the Citizens United ruling, which is doing more damage to our democracy than any decision in modern American history. In 2012, led by Gov. Cuomo, New York has a chance to fight back by enacting state-based, publicly funded campaign reforms.

Albany Can Kick the Money Habit

This weekend the New York Times editorial page urged Gov. Cuomo and the New York legislature to move forward with Fair Elections:

The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and a New York State of Mind

Here's a recap of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's (PCAF) work from March 26 through April 13, 2012.

Front Page Fair Elections Story in New York Times!

The New York Times has a front page story today on the effort to bring Fair Elections to New York State legislative races. The story focuses on "an unusual and well-heeled coalition, trying to tap public anger over the flood of money into politics, (who are) pushing to enact a public financing system for elections in New York State."

Busy Week For Fair Elections Campaign in New York

The campaign to bring Fair Elections to New York state held events all over the state this week. There were town hall meetings in Brooklyn and Manhattan, as well as press events in all corners of the state. For too long, Albany has had a reputation as a bastion of corruption and pay-to-play politics. Public Campaign, along with state partners from across the political spectrum, are working hard to restore faith in New York state government by passing small donor based campaign finance reform.

REPOST (from New York): The Legal Corruption of New York Senator Pedro Espada, Jr.

Our partners in New York, who we are working with to pass Fair Elections for the state legislture, have this blog post up today on former state Senator Pedro Espada, Jr.'s career of corruption. He's currently on trial for stealing Medicaid funds from low-income Bronx residents, but it's what he did that was legal that's the real story.

The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and Election 2012: The Year of the Billionaire?

Here's a recap of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's (PCAF) work from January 20 through March 9, 2012.