News

Campaign finance reformers list top NY donors

Photo: WHCU

Advocates pushing for public campaign financing in the state budget say 170 “mega-donors” contributed more than half of the money that went to state-level candidates and party committees last year.

The New York Public Interest Research Group released the list of top donors Tuesday as advocates made an 11th hour plea at the Capitol for state leaders to address what they see as the dominant role of big money in New York politics.

Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders are negotiating behind closed doors on the budget due Monday.

Cuomo had proposed public financing in his budget, but it is opposed by Republicans.

NYPIRG says the 170 top donors contributed $28.2 million.

The donors include real estate developers, unions and major corporations.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Recent Headlines

9 hours ago in Sports

The week’s best sports shots

Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning holds up the trophy after the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. The Broncos won 24-10. (AP Photo/Matt York)

A look back at some of the best plays and biggest moments in sports this week.

9 hours ago in Sports

The weekend sports schedule

kobebryantallstar

Here's a look at this weekend's sports schedule.

10 hours ago in Local

UPDATE: Missing Newfield woman’s car thought to be in Oklahoma

State Police

54-year-old Carolynn Weeks went missing earlier this week; she was last seen in Ithaca area.

11 hours ago in National

Making headlines this week

A couple is seen through an American flag as they walk to a polling place for the New Hampshire primary, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

A look back at some of the week's biggest headlines and the stories you may have missed.

11 hours ago in Local

Firefighters extinguish house fire in City of Ithaca

washington fire

The fire happened in the home along Washington Street in Ithaca around noon; no one was home at the time.