Scandal Shows Need For Reform, Watchdog Groups Say

MGN Online

Tools

By The Associated Press

Advocates for campaign finance reform say the latest in a long string of political scandals shows the ongoing need to remove money from Albany politics.

While acknowledging the bribery charges Tuesday against state Sen. Malcolm Smith involve his effort to run for mayor of New York City -- which already has public campaign financing -- the government watchdog groups say they included a promise of state money.
 
They say Albany's "pay-to-play" culture must go.
 
Karen Scharff of Citizen Action of New York says many legislators first get elected intending to work for their communities then learn they are in a system where money determines outcomes.
 
Barbara Bartoletti of the League of Women Voters says New York also needs strict campaign finance enforcement and has no investigators at the state Board of Elections.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
, Watertown, NY

On Demand

This content requires the latest Adobe Flash Player and a browser with JavaScript enabled. Click here for a free download of the latest Adobe Flash Player.

On Wall Street

What's On TonightFull Schedule