Author Archives: Jon
Follow the Money is a feature by Jon Reznick, recurring every few weeks, that takes a closer look at campaign finance using public data. The views presented herein are solely those of the author, and it’s about to get real in here. People wrongly assume that my interest in campaign finance and in encouraging dramatic reform of the campaign finance system makes me a natural ally of the Fair Elections for New York campaign. This is not the case. Let me start out by saying flat out and without reservation that I do not think encouraging small donors is actually any better than encouraging big ones. My view, which I am testing with exploratory statistics, is that encouraging donor-ship at … More >>
Follow the Money is a feature recurring every few weeks that takes a closer look at campaign finance using public data. For chart breakdowns and more detailed info on candidates, see Jon’s Tumblr. “Of course, the day may come when we’ll reject the money of the rich as tainted, but it hadn’t come when I left Tammany Hall at 11:25 A.M. today.” – George Washington Plunkitt When a candidate runs for public office in the City of New York, he or she is entitled to receive public matching funds, administered by the New York City Campaign Finance Board. The idea is simple, to encourage “small donors,” any contribution from an individual, up to $175, is matched six times over by … More >>
This piece by MYD member Jesús Pérez is cross-posted from The Hunter Word. Did you know that in 76 countries throughout the world homosexuality is considered a crime? In those countries, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) people are routinely harassed, arrested, and imprisoned by the very governments that are supposed to keep them safe. In about 5 of those countries, if you are convicted of the crime of homosexuality, you can receive the death penalty. To help put a stop to these injustices, the Obama administration announced last year, that it would be a priority of U.S. foreign policy to, as the President put it in his address to the UN General Assembly last year, “stand up for the rights … More >>
I took a stroll along Broadway between Dyckman St. and 207th, where there are two polling places, and around forty different campaign volunteers had gathered for the campaigns of incumbent State Senator Adriano Espaillat and his challenger Assembly Member Guillermo Linares, as well as 72nd AD candidates Mayra Linares, Gabriela Rosa, Melanie Hidalgo, and Ruben Vargas, respectively. Espaillat and Rosa form a slate, while the Linares family has formed another slate. I spoke with and interviewed canvassers for all camps, and found their interactions with each other to be amicable. Mayra Linares and Adriano Espaillat had what appeared to be the strongest field-canvass in my neighborhood, and local sentiment favors each in their respective races, and I would go so … More >>
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New York City has never lacked for colorful and even divisive political figures. We have a great tolerance for the theatrical, for bombast, and for the quixotic. This year has featured historic contested bids for the US Congress, including nomination pick-ups by Grace Meng and Rep. Charlie Rangel, both of which received national attention. This attention was well-deserved, and with the NY-13 race in particular, it was a nail-biter with outsized implications for Uptown and the Bronx, the region where I am pleased to live. Only one race has consistently punched above its weight in terms of the media attention it has garnered, and that is the oddball race for the 21st SD by Mindy Meyer, who has achieved inclusion … More >>