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New York Election Reform: Keeping the Conversation Going

I’ve recently been involved in a few lobbying efforts with Metro Justice for the Clean Money, Clean Elections campaign, and have gained some small amount of insight as to the state of affairs in Albany.  If you’re wondering why there’s been very little talk about public campaign financing on this site or others in New York, its because the conversation has run a bit dry in the absence of legislative movement, and legislative movement won’t happen until we turn over the state Senate.

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FEC Standoff to Hurt Edwards?

TPM is reporting today that the standoff between House and Senate Democrats and Republicans everywhere looks as though its most likely outcome will screw the Dems:

TPMmuckraker | Talking Points Memo | How Much Will The FEC Shutdown Affect The ’08 Election?

On the Republican side, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) shows no sign of budging in the standoff. And why should he? “It’s my view that he doesn’t particularly care about the campaign finance laws,” Fred Wertheimer, the Executive Director of the nonpartisan watchdog Democracy 21, told me. “He’s spent a career opposing the laws and efforts to enforce them.”