This morning, It's Our Money and the Daily News called on state lawmakers to disclose, within one business day, any donations they accept between Sept. 13 and Oct. 1 from the natural gas industry or other groups seeking to influence the gas tax debate.
If they don't, a loophole in the state's campaign finance laws will allow them to accept these donations, and vote on the size and scope of the new extraction tax, without telling the public how much money they've taken until after the votes are cast.
Our friends at Common Cause have agreed to compile the data legislators submit, and post it online. When a legislator accepts a donation, he or she can e-mail it to Common Cause's Alex Kaplan (firstname.lastname@example.org or It's Our Money (email@example.com).
We'll call up the lawmakers who've taken the most money from the natural gas industry so far and ask them if they intend to cooperate. In the meantime, please feel free to contact your representatives and encourage them to do so.