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Campaign dollars flow as lawmakers debate New York bail law

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Posted at 3:28 AM, Feb 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-28 03:28:12-05

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — As the debate over New York's bail law rages in the state Capitol, campaign finance records show that criminal justice interests have funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to state lawmakers who will decide whether to amend the reforms.

Campaign finance records show that New York lawmakers and political parties reeled in at least $360,000 between June and mid-February from police unions and other law enforcement groups.

Those organizations have overwhelmingly denounced the reforms.

On the other side of the debate, a little-known group backing criminal justice reforms has given at least $49,000 to lawmakers and political campaigns since June and more than $160,000 since the beginning of 2018.