Quinn and de Blasio agree on how to count union spending in the 2013 mayor’s race

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Should unions be allowed to spend money communicating to their own members without it counting as an independent expenditure during next year's mayor's race?

Two leading candidates say yes. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (who won election to his current office with crucial, controversial help from organized labor) agree on this point and asked the New York City Campaign Finance Board to adjust its rules accordingly, reported Sally Goldenberg.

The push by Quinn and de Blasio underscores the re-expanded role unions could potentially play in mayoral politics in the post-Bloomberg era, when no one candidate will be able to use personal money to trump the fund-raising and organizational assets of all the others.

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2013

Quinn and de Blasio want "member-to-member communication" not to be considered as independent expenditures by the city's campaign finance board. [Sally Goldenberg]

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John Liu tried signaling he's running for mayor without actually saying it, during a television interview. [NY1]

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NY-13

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Albany

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911 Response Times

One tabloid editorial page says Bloomberg "must" release his report on them. [Daily News]

Media

"You can't do my job," Jimmy Fallon said to Michael Bloomberg. [Dan Good]

Keith Olbermann said Current TV is "running out of money" and "behind on their bills." [Cindy Adams]

Images

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