Queens senator spearheads ‘preserving democracy’ in new campaign finance laws

The state Senate passed Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris’ Democracy Preservation Act, prohibiting campaign contributions from foreign-influenced businesses, by a vote of 48-15.

Gianaris modeled bill S.1136-B after similar ordinances in Seattle, Wash., and St. Petersburg, Fla. In Seattle, Amazon funded more than $1.5 million in independent expenditures against city Council candidates who opposed its agenda. 

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