- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A new coalition of community organizations, faith groups and labor unions says New York can address government corruption by tightening campaign finance rules while making it easier to vote.

Calling itself Demand Democracy, the alliance includes the state Council of Churches, Communications Workers of America, the Working Families Party, the New York Public Interest Research Group and others.

On Monday the group proposed several changes to election laws and ethics rules, including broad online voter registration, greater income disclosure rules for lawmakers, publicly funded elections and lower campaign contribution limits.

The suggestions come after the previous Assembly speaker and Senate leader were sentenced to federal prison this month for unrelated corruption charges.

Similar proposals have failed to get traction so far. Lawmakers plan to adjourn the 2016 session next month.



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