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The state’s public campaign finance commission voted on a package of bills that would enact a public matching donor program, and put strict new limits on the abilities of minor parties to qualify to be on the ballot. The meeting was at times interrupted by protesters, who compared the commission’s actions to that of President Donald Trump, and some government reform groups say they can’t support the final product.   

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Michael Bloomberg is prepared to spend $31 million on TV ads in 32 states as he announces his entry into the 2020 race for president. That means the 2020 presidential contest might set a record for the most massive spending on television ads.

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A commission designing a public campaign finance system for the state’s political races is poised to limit fusion voting, or the ability for candidates to run on multiple party lines. Now the leader of the State Senate is saying that it would be better if the commission leaves it alone.

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Reform groups say they are dismayed with the direction of a commission appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders to implement a public campaign finance system for state elected offices. The commission has just two more meetings before it issue its final report.

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Some members of a commission that’s creating the rules for a public campaign finance system for state elected offices are concerned that the plans being developed would be too favorable to incumbent politicians.