Laurence Laufer

Laurence Laufer

Genova Burns LLC

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Only in New York, New York

Conventional wisdom holds that campaign finance reform is elusive. At both the federal level and in many states, the pace of enactment tends to be measured in decades....more

9/3/2014 - Campaign Finance Reform Political Campaigns

A Legislative Scorecard for the New York City Campaign Finance Board

The World Cup is over. Quadrennial hopes and dreams next turn to the post-election report (PER) the NYC Campaign Finance Board (CFB) must submit to the Mayor and City Council on or before September 1, as it has every four...more

7/23/2014 - Campaign Finance Reform Political Campaigns

Public Trust Act Preserves Candidate Choices

Political communications are like trees in a forest. Blessed with monetary sunshine political communications reach toward the sky, dominate the horizon, and potentially drench competitors in shade. Legal limits on financial...more

4/30/2014 - Political Campaigns Political Candidates Public Trust Doctrine

New York’s New Public Trust Act Expands Independent Expenditure Disclosure

Effective June 1, 2014, the Public Trust Act included in this year’s State Budget legislation redefines “Independent Expenditures” (IEs) in state and local elections. The new definition includes expenditures conveyed to 500...more

4/10/2014 - Disclosure Requirements Independent Expenditures

The Answers Depend on the Questions that are Asked

After each City-wide election, the NYC Campaign Finance Board is required to produce a post-election report to the Mayor and City Council. Today intrepid politicos, reformers and observers braved a blizzard to participate in...more

2/14/2014 - Campaign Finance Reform Election Laws

Contradictions Revealed: If New York’s Aggregate Contribution Limits Fall

Thanks to cases like McCutcheon and New York Progress and Protection PAC, time may be running short for New York’s $150,000 annual aggregate limit on contributions in connection with the nomination or election of candidates,...more

11/14/2013 - Campaign Contributions PACs SuperPACs

New York State Board of Elections Gets No Respect

The Moreland Commission displayed palpable frustration during a three-hour public cross-examination of three State Board of Elections representatives. Commission members drew repeated attention to the State Board’s enormous...more

10/30/2013 - Board of Elections

Constitutional Amendments and the Role of the New York City Voter Guide

Six constitutional amendments have been certified for the New York statewide ballot in 2013....more

8/7/2013 - Ballots Constitutional Amendment Gambling Proposed Amendments

“Statements of Need”: the City Council’s Anti-Incumbent Law?

This coming Monday, August 5, the NYC Campaign Finance Board (CFB) is scheduled to cut the first public funds checks for this year’s elections....more

7/31/2013 - Certificate of Need Political Campaigns

Governor Cuomo Appoints Commission to Investigate Public Corruption

Following through on a promise of action in the event public corruption reforms were not adopted, Governor Cuomo today announced appointment of a 25-member commission to investigate public corruption....more

7/2/2013 - Board of Elections Campaign Finance Reform Election Laws Political Corruption

Contributions and Casinos, Perfect Together?

Long ago, New Jersey said no. As for New York, a Constitutional amendment will be on the ballot this year to authorize casino gambling....more

6/25/2013 - Casinos Constitutional Amendment Free Speech Gambling Political Contributions

The Art of the Possible?

Presentation of a bill likely reflects positions the proponent sees as good public policy, attainable, and/or, at least, negotiable....more

6/13/2013 - Campaign Finance Reform

Overlapping Public Disclosure Requirements Can Be Complicated

Much controversy attends the ability of tax exempt 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations to make expenditures in connection with candidates in U.S. elections....more

6/5/2013 - Board of Elections Campaign Finance Reform Political Contributions Public Disclosure Social Welfare Organizations

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