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by Jim Heaney

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by Dan Telvock

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Feb
08

Pegula of Sabres pushed for hydrofracking in New York

Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula, who made his fortune hydrofracking, has used his status as a sports mogul at least once to lobby state lawmakers to embrace drilling for natural gas. Jon Campbell¬†of the Gannett News Service’s capital bureau in Albany is reporting that Pegula invited lawmakers to his hockey arena 15 months ago and […]

Jan
18

Buffalo politics: Who’s giving, who’s getting

Artvoice looks over new round of campaign finance reports and find some victors in the November election spent big, big bucks to defend their seats against poorly financed challengers. Plus on update on the Byron Brown Money Machine.

Jan
16

Cuomo’s big contributors

Filings with Board of Elections show that 79 percent of Cuomo’s contributors since he won election have given $10,000 or more. Big donors from WNY include David Rich of Rich Products, political operative Steve Pigeon and Leslie Zemsky, Albright Knox chair and wife of Howard. A report from the New York Public Research Interest Group.

Mar
16

The Maziarz money machine

George Maziarz is probably Western New York’s most powerful state legislator. The Newfane Republican represents the 62nd District, which includes all of Niagara County outside the City of Niagara Falls, Orleans County and the western portion of Monroe County. He has served in the Senate since 1995¬† and is currently chairman of the Energy and […]

Mar
01

Hormoz Mansouri’s political contributions

Our second installment of Joe Friday involves the campaign contributions of Hormoz Mansouri, regarded as one of the largest financial backers of local and state politicians, including those in league with veteran political operative Steve Pigeon. Joe Friday tracked his contributions from 2005 to January of this year. Mansouri made a vast majority of contributions […]

Feb
24

Hydrofracking contributions to state pols

Our first installment of Joe Friday involves contributions made to political candidates and parties by companies with a vested interest in New York State opening up the Marcellus Shale to drilling for natural gas through a controversial process called hydraulic fracturing. A Common Cause recently released a study that tracked contributions from 2007 to October […]