ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A group of progressives is trying to push New York's Legislature to adopt public financing of campaigns as a national model in a special post-election session.
Unions and religious and good-government groups have joined with the influential Working Families Party to meet Thursday in Manhattan to force a trade-off for public financing of campaigns in exchange for pay raises sought by legislators.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has pushed the bill as a way to reduce the influence of money in government.
The Senate's Republican majority has opposed using public funds for campaigns.
Lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo say a post-election session is possible in November or December and legislative pay raises could be on the agenda.
But the Senate's GOP lawmakers say raises aren't a priority for them.
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