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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

Corruption commission calls for public campaign financing

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo's anti corruption commission issued a scathing report Monday evening criticizing what the commission says is Albany's culture of corruption. It calls for a list of reforms.

The Moreland Act Commissioners describe their report as a "blueprint" to fix what they say is the pervasive "dysfunction" in Albany.

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent

They recommend enacting New York City style public campaign financing for statewide elections, and closing loopholes that allow limited liability corporations and party housekeeping accounts to blatantly shirk existing limits for campaign contributions. They believe LLC’s should be held to the same $5,000 limit currently in place for corporations.

The commissioners also say that the State Board of elections should be stripped of their enforcement powers, and an independent enforcement agency be setup instead. They say the Board of Election’s current bi partisan structure, with two commissioners from each major party has led to a “tacit, bi-partisan agreement to do nothing.”

The commission also wants to create a new crime of “failure to report bribery” and make it easier to prosecute and prove bribery. Similar ideas were already recommended by Governor Cuomo, but the legislature failed to act on them in the 2013 legislative session. The commission advises created another new criminal offense of “undisclosed self dealing” by elected officials who don’t tell the public they may have a financial interest in a particular bill or policy.  

The commission says it’s continuing several on going investigations that give hints of potential criminal corruption. They include on going look at how luxury real estate developers got a tax break secretly buried in a law passed last January, and they refer to e-mails from a trade association that sponsored a fundraiser for Assembly Democrats that specifically said contributions of $10,000 per attendee were necessary to  get favorable laws enacted and stop “terrible” ones from happening.

Governor Cuomo, in a statement, was non committal, about the commission's specific ideas, but says he wants to work toward “systematic reform.”

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