State of New York secondary Archives: on Government Reform


Andrew Cuomo: Committed to campaign finance reform

To secure the last-minute endorsement of the powerful progressive Working Family Party, which had previously favored Teachout, Cuomo was forced to make a series of pledges supported by progressives, including commitments to support a higher minimum wage and campaign finance reform. To secure the last-minute endorsement of the powerful progressive Working Family Party, which had previously favored Teachout, Cuomo was forced to make a series of pledges supported by progressives, including commitments to support a higher minimum wage and campaign finance reform.
Source: Epoch Times on 2014 New York State Governor's race Jul 8, 2014

Zephyr Teachout: Build political system where wealthy donors aren't in charge

Reforming campaign finance laws would be her first priority in office, Teachout said: "We need to make sure we build a political system where wealthy donors aren't in charge."

Catering to wealthy donors is exactly what the Cuomo administration is guilty of, said Teachout, who thinks that Cuomo's "inconsistent" combination of progressive social policy and trickle-down economics is due to the sway of his donors.

"The only way to make sense of some of his policies--tax breaks for big banks that aren't going anywhere--is to look at his donors," she said, adding that Cuomo's support for public financing of elections is "his favorite broken promise."

Teachout said she sees general political culture as the dog that wags the tail of individual cases of corruption, which is why for her campaign finance reform is paramount. She testified before the anti-corruption Moreland Commission, "Historically, culture-changing rules have proven to be more powerful at eliminating corruption."

Source: Epoch Times on 2014 New York State Governor's race Jul 8, 2014

Zephyr Teachout: Political system is still corrupt and rigged for the wealthy

Teachout formally launched her Democratic primary campaign by attacking Cuomo as the benefactor and protector of a corrupt political system that favors only the wealthy and most powerful segments of society.

"Four years ago, Andrew Cuomo stood on the steps of a courthouse named after Boss Tweed and promised to clean up corruption in New York State," Teachout said. "But he, as Governor Cuomo, has become the problem that candidate Cuomo promised to fix. The political system is still corrupt and rigged and Andrew Cuomo is not only part of the broken system, he has made it worse."

Teachout repeatedly portrayed Cuomo as a politician who has failed to address the state's "equality crisis" and one who acted only to further his own political interests and those of his financial donors. "He has never done anything that would irritate his wealthy donors," Teachout said. "What I see is somebody who serves himself and his donors. And that is the most basic Democratic crime in a sense."

Source: Daily News on 2014 New York State gubernatorial race Jun 16, 2014

Andrew Cuomo: Public Integrity Reform Act: state ethics disclosures

We passed ethics reforms to restore trust in government. The Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011 contains some of the most comprehensive ethics improvements enacted in state government. Among other things, it requires state officials to disclose outside clients and customers, requires a detailed disclosure of officials' income and assets, creates a database of all individuals and firms that represent clients before state agencies, requires all lobbyists and clients of lobbyists to disclose all business relationships with public officials, and broadens the definition of lobbying. And it strips public officials convicted of a felony in relation to their office from receiving their taxpayer-funded pension.
Source: 2012 New York State of the State Address Jan 4, 2012

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