Hochul’s Stadium Swindle
The New York governor’s billion-dollar subsidy deal for a new Buffalo Bills stadium could reward her husband—and is the latest example of the state squeezing the Seneca Nation.
Good Gov Groups Slam New York’s New Ethics Commission PlanBy David Moore Democracy Primary category in which blog post is published
Real Estate and Private Equity Billionaires Set to Profit From NY Clean Grid InvestmentsBy Rob Galbraith Energy Primary category in which blog post is published
Small Donors Hit Record Highs in New York City’s Public Campaign Financing ProgramBy David Moore Democracy Primary category in which blog post is published
GOP Megadonors Fund Andrew Yang Super PACBy David Moore New York Primary category in which blog post is published
Cuomo’s Hidden Billions in Corporate WelfareBy David Moore Brick House Cooperative Primary category in which blog post is published
Dysfunctional NYC Elections Board Staffed Through Pay-to-Play System
For employees of New York City's Board of Elections, donations to party bosses are often the key to professional advancement.
Big Donors and PACs Dominate Campaign Funding in Nearly Every State, Report Finds
Nearly three-quarters of contributions in state elections come from large donors and PACs, but small-dollar donations could make up that share if states move to adopt public financing for campaigns.
Law Enforcement PACs Give Millions to the Politicians Who Set Their Budgets
Police groups have donated almost $15 million to state and local elected officials since 2015, with two-thirds going to Democrats, according to new data from the NoMoreCopMoney project.
Grassroots NY Challengers Take on the Pandemic and the Big Money Machine
With the state's public financing system not yet in place, New York candidates going up against entrenched incumbents face new fundraising challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
NY Candidate and Pharma Heir Faces Questions on Drug Pricing Independence
After months of questions from local activists, Adam Schleifer, running in the NY-17 Democratic primary, tells Sludge he supports a Senate bill that sets price restrictions on drugs developed with public funding.
Lawyers Defending ExxonMobil Are Big Biden Donors
Two of the Paul Weiss attorneys who successfully defended ExxonMobil in New York against charges that it hid costs related to climate change have given maximum donations to former Vice President Joe Biden.
The Business of Homelessness: NYC’s Biggest Shelter Contractor Makes Millions, Offers Shoddy Facilities
As residents complain of maintenance, supply, and safety issues, Acacia Network’s politically connected executives bring home hefty salaries and face a self-dealing investigation.
National Grid Asks Customers to Help it Lobby for a New Fracked Gas Pipeline
The utility company implemented a moratorium on new service in the NYC area after a billion-dollar fracked-gas pipeline project was rejected by New York and New Jersey governments, and is now pressing its customers in a last-ditch lobbying effort.
Group That Sponsored Anti-Ocasio-Cortez Billboard Tied to Koch and Other Billionaires
The Job Creators Network claims it’s “the voice of Main Street,” but a review of its donors and partners says it’s anything but.