From the NY Times:
Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker, said on Wednesday that she would amend a proposed change to campaign finance laws that spurred concerns about a flood of unregulated spending by unions and advocacy groups in New York City’s coming elections.
Ms. Quinn’s office delayed a hearing on the bill and went into negotiations with the parties involved. The compromise, unveiled on Wednesday, involves a watered-down bill and a pledge by the Campaign Finance Board to clarify its original ruling — the root of the uproar — to “allay these concerns” expressed by advocacy groups.
The new legislation is still expected to have an effect on campaign finance law. According to Ms. Quinn’s office, the bill would ensure that political communications among the members of advocacy groups would not have to be disclosed to the Campaign Finance Board.
The resolution allows Ms. Quinn to claim a victory for the unions that had pushed for the legislation, groups that she is cultivating ahead of a presumed mayoral run next year. And by excising the more controversial parts of the bill, her office also addressed concerns from some critics about a potential breach of the city’s campaign finance system.