Tuesday, October 24, 2006

More Campaign Finance Violations

New York’s campaign finance laws, which are flimsy and full of holes to begin with, have once again been flagrantly violated.

Anyone familiar with campaign finance in New York won't be too surprised.

As reported by the Times Union and the Poughkeepsie Journal this morning, NYPIRG, Common Cause, the League of Women Voters, and the Sierra Club are charging that at least seven political action committees (PACs) have exceeded the already quite high $84,400 per year limit on contributions to state party committees.

Among the offenders are the state Realtors PAC, the Trial Lawyers PAC, the state medical society, the Public Employees Federation, and the teachers union. Not surprisingly for New York, the offenses were bipartisan, as both Democratic and Republican party committees received more funds than legally allowed.

This is yet another example (as if we needed another) of how desperately New York’s campaign finance system needs reform.

Categories: General, Campaign Finance

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