No Secret Money in New York

501(c)3 organizations are able to spend millions of dollars of their donor's money on lobbying our elected officials to advance their policy goals in New York every year.

Shouldn't the public have a right to know who is funding these organizations?

Many of the top political spenders in New York are 501(c)3 organizations. For example Families for Excellent Schools - a pro-privatizer lobby group - spent $9.6 million on lobbying in 2014 alone, yet we don't know who is funding them.

We need to make it easier for average citizens to understand who is influencing public policy.

Call on our legislative leaders to shine a light on secret political spending in New York State!

Sign the petition to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate President John Flanagan below:

Unless steps are taken to require proper disclosures and transparency of third-party coalition campaigns, voters will find themselves ever more confused, misled, and excluded from meaningful political participation.

New York took an initial important step to mandate disclosure of the funders behind these veiled lobbying actors when a 2012 Lobbying Act amendment mandated that 501(c)4 organizations who lobby on behalf of themselves and who spend more than $50,000 on lobbying activity in New York State have to make publicly available each source of funding that exceeds $5,000.

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Strengthen JCOPE's Funder Disclosure Mandate to Include 501c3 Lobbying

Dear [Decision Maker],

New York State's JCOPE Funder Disclosure Mandate reveals who funds certain large lobbying campaigns, but it's not done enough to let the public know who is influencing their politicians.

Sign the Petition

Now it's time to extend those requirements to 501(c)3 organizations.


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