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Lawmakers urged to pass legislation for publicly financed elections

Posted at: 02/24/2013 11:40 AM
By: Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Advocates for campaign finance reform say new research shows multinational corporations whose offshore tax havens cost New York government $2.4 billion yearly donated $670,000 to the state's legislative candidates in the last election cycle.
    
The corporations gave the most campaign money - more than $396,000 - to party committees, mainly for majority Senate Republicans and Assembly Democrats.
    
The largest contributors among 11 corporations in the report are PepsiCo and Pfizer at more than $116,000 each. They're followed by banks JP Morgan Chase at $115,000, Citigroup at $109,000 and Bank of America at about $86,000.
    
The advocates, including Citizen Action of New York and Democracy Matters, want New York lawmakers to pass legislation for publicly financed elections with a system for matching small donations.

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