Albany Advocates Pressure Lawmakers To Sign Ethics Pledge

In Newsday, Michael Gormley reports that “Eight of 211 state legislators signed onto the “clean conscience pledge” in the first 24 hours after it was rolled out Wednesday by good-government groups who hope to commit lawmakers to specific ethics reforms.

The online pledge was created by Common Cause-NY, Citizens Union and the New York Public Interest Research Group. The pledge seeks promises to support legislation to prohibit companies from exceeding corporate limits for campaign contributions by donating through subsidiaries; ban or limit outside income by lawmakers to avoid conflicts of interest; and require more public accountability on how millions of dollars in “discretionary spending” is allocated.”

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