Fordham Urban Law Journal

A bimonthly legal book published by the law school at Fordham University. Each issue focuses on a single topic, and publishes original research, critical pieces, and long-form essays related to that topic.

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 2, December

A National Model Faces New Challenges: The New York City Campaign Finance System and the 2013 Elections
Introduction: New York City as a National Model I. The Rules of the Game: The Origins of the New York City Public Matching Fund System II. Campaign Finance Jurisprudence and New York City A. Citizens United and New York City's Response ...
Campaign Finance Advisory Opinions at the State Level
Introduction I. The FEC's Advisory Opinion System II. Colorado: A Toothless Advisory System III. Florida: Too Many Moving Parts IV. Vermont and North Dakota: No Guidance Whatsoever V. Other States Tend to Combine One or More of These...
Dark Money Rises: Federal and State Attempts to Rein in Undisclosed Campaign-Related Spending
Introduction I. Background: Free Speech Rights and Compelled Disclosure A. Free Speech Rights 1. The Origins of and Justifications for Free Speech Rights 2. Common Challenges to Laws Regulating Election-Related ...
Empowering Small Donors: New York City's Multiple Match Public Financing as a Model for a Post-Citizens United World
Introduction I. Background A. History of the New York City Campaign Finance Act B. Provisions of the New York City Campaign Finance Act II. Evolving Jurisprudence A. Supreme Court B. Judicial Challenges to the New...
Helping Yourself While Serving Two Masters: Do Specialists Violate Rule 10B-5 When They Interposition?
ABSTRACT The decision of the Second Circuit in United States v. Finnerty (Finnerty III) was the culmination of a number of District Court decisions that found that specialists on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) could not be held liable for fraud...
Introduction
Contributions of huge amounts of money by wealthy individuals and corporations to American political campaigns have a long and sordid history. For example, in 1860, New York Democrats put together a Fusion slate so voters could vote against Lincoln...
Saving Democracy: A Blueprint for Reform in the Post-Citizens United Era
ABSTRACT Since the founding of our democracy, attempts to curb the influence of money in the political process consistently fall short of their goal. In fact, a growing number of cynics see campaign finance reform--or any effort to reduce the impact...
The Public's Right to Know versus Compelled Speech: What Does Social Science Research Tell Us about the Benefits and Costs of Campaign Finance Disclosure in Non-Candidate Elections?
Introduction I. Disclosure Regulations in the States A. Ballot Measure Elections B. Grassroots Issue Advocacy II. Why Disclosure? A. The Transparency Rationale for Disclosure Laws III. Lessons from the Social Science Literature ...
Zoning out Fracking: Zoning Authority under New York State's Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Law
Introduction I. Fracking and Its Current Legal Landscape A. What Is Fracking, and Who Regulates the Process? B. Federal Law & Interstate Law C. New York State Law 1. Fracking on Hold 2. Environmental Conservation...