Obama Team to Support Gov. Cuomo in Campaign Finance Reform Battle

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In January, Gov. 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 ASAP.

"We must enact campaign finance reform because people believe that campaigns are financed by someone else at exorbitant rates," he told the audience. Except, in a modern political landscape where voices are heard through dollar signs, his plan has not made it out of the rhetorical stage.

But maybe a boost from a victorious White House team will help a bit.

According to Politico, Organizing for America (OFA) will join forces on the "fair elections" issue with Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, starting first with a conference call for supporters. "This is about empowering real people in the political process and making sure that voters are the ones deciding an election -- not the corporations, special-interest groups, or lobbyists," an e-mail told members.

For those who missed the last two Presidential elections, OFA, formerly known as Obama for America, is the unbelievably powerful grassroots side of the Obama administration--a well-equipped and super-high-tech force of Democrats who have redefined canvassing in the modern era. That might sound hyperbolic, but these guys beat Mitt Romney--a candidate held up by more Wall Street money than the Monopoly man.

Cuomo has gained quite a powerful ally in this fight.

As of now, individual donors in New York state elections can do essentially whatever they want (maximum contributions right now are past $10,000). In lieu of that, the governor wants to implement a matching funds system similar to the one we have here in the city. Anyone with a last name that isn't Bloomberg would say it's mediocre at best.

The move by OFA could signal a change of pace on overturning Citizens United via constitutional amendment--a gesture mentioned sotto voce by the White House a few times. In turn, that'll make sure none of this happens again.

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mikeRS
mikeRS

New York has the highest taxes in the nation. It is ranked as the least "business-friendly" state in the country. The implementation of Coumo’s SAFE ACT is not only going to cost NY state 36 million dollars a year, it has created a hostile environment for both in-state and out of state sports men and women who now risk committing crimes for the countless technical criminal violations created by the SAFE Act for possessing items which can be purchased over the counter in all our neighboring states.  Cuomo had to take his bar exam 5 times... how is it possible that he can write legislation and get it signed by the majority of state lawmakers who admit they signed it without even reading it?
NY State under Cuomo Governorship:
570 jobs lost-Sikorsky Aircraft-closed
174 jobs lost -Dal-Tile Corp-closed
592 jobs lost- Archcare Inc-closing
375 jobs lost- Ralcorp- closing 2 plants
84 jobs lost- Vette Thermal Solutions – moving to NH
350 jobs lost -Daikin McQuay-moving Auburn plant to Tennessee
86 jobs lost-Oberdorfer foundry in DeWitt, NY is closing in May
65 jobs lost - Advanced Monolythic Ceramics in Olean – moving to CA
35 jobs lost-Bombardier Mass transit – closing
50 jobs lost-Spectrum Plastics – closing
160 jobs lost-Menands company (Albany International) – moving to NH by end of 2013
Remington considering relocating out of NY
 

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