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The Big Switch CWF

The Big Switch CWF

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Published by: JimmyVielkind on Oct 16, 2012
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Are campaign contributions generally provided tosupport a particular political party, candidate orideology? Or does money simply follow power, implyingthat the contributor is seeking a return on theinvestment?
When the Republican Party held a majority of seatsin the New York State Senate in 2008, Republicanlegislative committee chairs were showered withcampaign cash from corporations, including senatorswho did not face a competitive election. When theDemocrats took control in 2009, a big switch occurred:money flowed away from the Republicans and towardthe new Democratic committee chairs. When theRepublicans regained control in 2011, we witnessed
another “big switch.”
 A Report By
Center for Working Families
1133 Broadway, Suite 332New York, NY 10010www.cwfny.orgOctober 2012
Mark Treskon, Senior Policy Analyst
Analysis and writing
Joseph G. Rappaport, Policy Director
Additional research
Sunshine Ludder, Senior Economic Policy StrategistStephan Edel, Green and Equitable Economies Organizer
Editing, analysis and logo design
Dave Palmer, Executive Director
Additional assistance
Susie Lim, CWF AdministratorJessica Wisneski and Charlie Albanetti, Citizen Action of New YorkMichael Kink, Strong Economy For AllThe Center for Working Families is a non-
partisan and independent “think
- and do-
that conducts research and advocates for policy change in New York State to benefitlow- and middle-income people.
Table of contents
SECTION PAGESummary and recommendations
 Overall corporate donations
 Top 15 committee profiles
8Civil Service and Pensions 9Codes 11Commerce, Economic Developmentand Small Business 13Consumer Protection 15Energy and Telecommunications 17Environmental Conservation 19Finance 21Health 23Housing, Construction andCommunity Development 25Insurance 27Judiciary 29Racing, Gaming and Wagering 31Rules 33Transportation 35Veterans, Homeland Security andMilitary Affairs 37Appendix A: Methodology 39Appendix B: Annual contributionsby committee 43Appendix C: 2008 and 2010 electoral resultsinvolving committee chairs 48Appendix D: Average corporate contributions 50

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