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About Common Cause:
Common Cause is a nonpartisan, nonproﬁt advocacy orga-nization founded in 1970 by John Gardner as a vehicle for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public inter-est. Common Cause/New York is a state level chapter focus-ing on state and local government in New York. We work to strengthen public participation and faith in our institutions of government, ensure that government and the political process serve the public interest rather than special interests, curb the excessive inﬂuence of money on government policy and elec-tions, and promote fair and honest elections and high ethical standards for government oﬃcials.
Tis report was written by Brian Paul and Susan Lerner, with research and drafting assistance from Common Cause/NY in-terns Emily Apple, Anders Hansen, Prachi Vidwans, and Selena Wyborski. We are grateful for the support from the Park Foundation for our research on money in politics in New York’s debate over fracking.