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Cuomo’s Move to Revamp N.Y. Campaign-Finance Laws Stirs Doubts

  • Panel created to fight big money politics may aid incumbents
  • Unelected commissioners have the power to establish state law
Andrew Cuomo
Andrew CuomoPhotographer: Peter Foley/Bloomberg

When New York created a commission last summer with the power to set rules for publicly financed campaigns, Governor Andrew Cuomo said it showed his commitment to reform.

Now as the commission faces a Dec. 1 deadline to issue its rules, good government groups and political outsiders across the ideological spectrum have united to express alarm. They say the panel -- which Cuomo and state legislature leaders appointed -- will ensure insiders retain power.