New York Lawmakers Push for Federal Matching System

(Photo: Spencer Platt/Gett)
(Photo: Spencer Platt/Gett)

Three New York Democrats–Congressmen Dan Maffei, Sean Patrick Maloney and Hakeem Jeffries–held a press event this morning to declare their support for publicly funded systems for federal and state elections modeled on the one that governs city elections. Continue reading “New York Lawmakers Push for Federal Matching System”

Tea Party Group Hits ‘Country Club’ Pete King as He Stumps in New Hampshire

Pete King. (Photo: Getty)
Pete King. (Photo: Getty)

Republican Congressman Pete King today took aim at the Tea Party, launching a PAC to promote what he dubs “common sense” candidates–and to lay the groundwork for his potential run for president.

Speaking to Politicker by phone as he drove across New Hampshire, Mr. King said the new effort, unveiled today in the crucial early voting state, was aimed at helping Republican candidates who reject the Tea Party’s isolationist, anti-government message. Continue reading “Tea Party Group Hits ‘Country Club’ Pete King as He Stumps in New Hampshire”

Koch Family Sinks Big Money Into New Pro-Lhota PAC

An image from one of the new ads.
An image from one of the new ads.

A new political action committee founded to boost Republican mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota has received a major cash infusion courtesy of the Koch family.

David Koch and his wife, Julia, have each contributed $145,050 to “New Yorkers for Proven Leadership,” which will begin airing television ads tomorrow touting the former MTA chairman and deputy mayor, sources said.

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Outside Groups Start Spending Big on Thompson, Stringer

Campaign Finance Board.
A UFA poster. (NYC Campaign Finance Board)

A new generation of super-PAC-like groups have begun to pour money into the city’s races, and several candidates are certainly benefiting.

Former Comptroller Bill Thompson has already been boosted by more than $650,000 in spending on his behalf from groups formed by two of the city’s major unions, according to new disclosure statements filed with the city’s campaign finance board today.

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Pro-Business PAC Rolls Out Latest Round of Endorsements

The Real Estate Board of New York, a founder of Jobs for New York. (Photo: REBNY.com)
The Real Estate Board of New York, one of the leading founders of the PAC. (Photo: REBNY.com)

Jobs for New York, a political action committee dedicated to electing pro-development City Council candidates, rolled out a new round of endorsements today.

The PAC, founded as a partial counterweight to the left-leaning Working Families Party, has raised at least $5 million and has said it intends to spend up to $10 million on independent expenditures in support of its chosen candidates. Continue reading “Pro-Business PAC Rolls Out Latest Round of Endorsements”