IDC-Independence Party campaign finance deal declared illegal
A fundraising agreement between a statewide third party and the state Senate’s now-defunct Independent Democratic Conference has been deemed invalid by a state Supreme Court justice.
‘Independent’ No More, But IDC Still Fundraising
The IDC hasn’t disappeared. They’re facing challengers who say the IDC still can’t be trusted — and could once again abandon the Democratic fold, if the GOP retains its majority in special elections later this month or in November.
NY State Senate Candidate Rachel May on the disbanding of the IDC
“We have been working for a year to raise awareness about the IDC, but it really hasn’t been a campaign against the IDC, it’s been a campaign against the cynicism that underlies saying one thing and doing another and taking their voters for granted.”
Democrats promise primary challenges against IDC members
On Wednesday, the breakaway Democratic conference known as the IDC dissolved when its leader, Senator Jeff Klein of the Bronx, agreed to return with his seven members to the mainline Senate Democrats and end his alliance with Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan.
UPDATE: NYWFP is taking on the IDC
Rachel May has dedicated her life to education, serving as a teacher and college professor at Syracuse University, and has been a grassroots activist fighting for education, the arts, and the environment for decades. Now she’s challenging IDC Sen. David Valesky in the 53rd Senate District in Central New York.
WORKING FAMILIES PARTY ENDORSES CANDIDATES CHALLENGING IDC MEMBERS
The Working Families Party is endorsing three state Senate candidates running in Democratic primaries against members of the Independent Democratic Conference: Alessandra Biaggi in the Bronx, Jessica Ramos in Queens, and Rachel May in Central New York.