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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announcing the formation of the "Commission to Investigate Public Corruption" under the Moreland Act. Photo:  Gov. Cuomo's office
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announcing the formation of the "Commission to Investigate Public Corruption" under the Moreland Act. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office

Senate Republicans fight Moreland Commission subpoenas

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Republicans in the Senate, who are targets of subpoenas by Governor Cuomo's anti-corruption Moreland Act Commission, are fighting back in court.

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent
The subpoenas were sent by the Moreland Commission to the Republican Senate Campaign Committee, as well as the campaign committees of Democrats, seeking internal documents and emails. The Senate GOP has filed a challenge in Supreme Court, claiming that it’s not fair to compel Republicans to hand over documents that outline their political campaign strategies to a commission appointed by a Democratic Governor. The Senators are represented by Michael Chertoff, President Bush’s Homeland Security director, now in private practice.
 
A spokeswoman for the Moreland Commission contends commissioners do have the “full legal authority” to issue the subpoenas, and predicts they will “prevail” in court.  

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