Quinn delays a bill she supports and Bloomberg opposes

Briefing: Quinn, Bloomberg and Kelly. (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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Under pressure from Michael Bloomberg and other critics, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is delaying action on a bill she supports that would loosen campaign finance rules by allowing campaigns to coordinate with unions and corporations without that spending counting toward a candidate's cap.

The New York City Campaign Finance Board opposes the legislation and says it could usher in uncontrollable amounts of spending in city campaigns.

Bloomberg, who spent unprecedented amounts of his own money on his three mayoral campaigns, called the legislation a "terrible idea" that would be bad for democracy.

Two other likely candidates for mayor also support the bill: Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who was elected to his current office with lots of help labor, and 2009 Democratic mayoral nominee, Bill Thompson. They say the current rules unfairly inhibit unions from communicating with their own members.

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One supporter of the bill, Councilwoman Gale Brewer, said that right now, if a candidate gives a photograph to a union for its newsletter, the entire cost of producing and sending out the newsletter would count as a campaign expenditure. The NYCCFB said that's nonsense.

Here's the proposed legislation.

The push to loosen the campaign spending rules seems to go against the greater regulation some other progressives and good-government advocates are seeking in this post-Citizens United Union environment. It comes, for example, as New York State Attorney Eric Schneidmerman works to mandate transparency in campaign expenditures by tax-exempt organizations.

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"It's his coalition," a columnist in Albany says of the governor and the Republican-IDC group running the state senate. [Fred LeBrun]

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn delayed movement on a bill that would allow campaigns to coordinate their activities with unions and corporations for "member-to-member" communication and not have it count toward their spending cap. [Michael Grynbaum]

Bloomberg said the legislation is a "terrible idea." [Erin Durkin]

Republicans can find "creative ways of addressing issues like minimum wage" and "campaign-finance reform," said Republican state senator Tom Libous or two key pieces of Cuomo's litmus test. [Jon Campbell]

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Voters don't want Hillary Clinton to run for mayor next year; Cuomo stays sky-high and Kirsten Gillibrand does her all-time best. [Quinnipiac]

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Here are the inauguration events huge and sub-huge Obama contributors get to go to. [Azi Paybarah]

The Post's new editorial page editor is William McGurn, a vice president at News Corp. who wrote speeches for Rupert Murdoch and President George W. Bush. [Azi Paybarah]

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is confident that Cuomo does not see Albany as a dictatorship. [Reid Pillifant]

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio said New York City can improve its post-storm response, and points to lessons he learned in Nicaragua during the Sandinista rebellion. [Reid Pillifant]

State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. won't accept a chairmanship from the Republican-Independent Democratic Conference unless it's "part of a bigger picture." [Azi Paybarah]

Sorry Bloomberg L.P. employees: no megabonuses (yet). [Joe Pompeo]

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"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in Albany and New York City."

10 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg signs bills related to pedicab fares, taxicab access and "the filing of annual disclosure reports," at City Hall.

10 a.m. Assemblywoman Deborah Glick chairs an Assembly Higher Education Committee on the impact of higher tuitions at public and private colleges, at the Hamilton Hearing Room B, on the 2nd floor of the Legislative Office Building, in Albany.

11 a.m. Manhattan Borough President and City Comptroller candidate Scott Stringer is endorsed by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., at the Riverdale Diner, 3657 Kingsbridge Avenue, in the Bronx.

1 p.m. The Fairness Coalition of Queens and other groups deliver petitions to Bloomberg opposing development in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, on the steps of City Hall.

6 p.m. City Councilwoman Letitia James hosts a toy drive, at 525 Waverly Avenue, in Brooklyn.

7 p.m. Ed Koch celebrates his 88th birthday at Gracie Mansion, at 88th Street and East End Avenue, in Manhattan.

On "Inside City Hall" tonight: Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

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Voters disapprove of Boehner's job during the negotiation by a margin of two-to-one. [Washington Post-ABC News]

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A Times columnist remembers Dean Skelos's earlier attempt to build a bipartisan coalition, which did not go well. [Jim Dwyer]

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Trial lawyers have given a lot of money to Democrats. [Erik Kriss]

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