The Moreland Act Commission appointed last year by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to investigate political corruption in New York is quietly winding down this week.
Cuomo says the legislature has passed new laws to toughen bribery prosecutions and establish a new campaign finance policeman. He established the panel after abandoning efforts to get reforms through the legislature last year. That followed federal bribery and embezzlement charges filed against several state lawmakers.
Governor Cuomo’s anti corruption commission issued a scathing report Monday evening that criticizes what the commission says is Albany’s culture of corruption and recommends numerous reforms.
The Moreland Act Commissioners describe their report as a “blue print” to fix what they say is the pervasive “dysfunction” in Albany. 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.
ALBANY – Common Cause/NY makes it clear that it neither supports nor opposes legalizing casino gaming in New York, but it does believe that gaming interests that contributed $3.2 million to politicians and committees, is over the top.
Voters will have an opportunity on Election Day to say ‘yeah’ or ‘nay’ on the issue of gaming. Common Cause/NY’s “Moreland Monday” analysis says gambling interests are stacking the deck in favor of passage, according to spokeswoman Susan Lerner.
The second public hearing held by New York Governor Cuomo’s commission to probe public corruption featured testimony from long time government reform groups. Many brought more evidence that they say shows potential corruption involving money and politics.
A commission appointed by Governor Cuomo to investigate public corruption is holding its first series of hearings. At the kick off event in New York City, a prominent figure in busting corruption in the legislature announced he’s found a back door way to confiscating the pensions of convicted state politicians.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Moreland Act Commission to investigate the legislature is not the first time a governor created a panel to probe state lawmakers. In fact, Cuomo’s own father did it a quarter century ago, with mixed results.
When Andrew Cuomo’s father, Mario Cuomo was governor back in the 1980’s, he also called on the powers in the now 100-year-old Moreland Act to appoint a commission to look into government corruption.
This morning at the New York State Capitol, Governor Andrew Cuomo made good on his promise to establish a powerful investigative body to examine the state Board of Elections and potential wrongdoing by legislators in campaign fundraising.
Unable to sway legislators to agree on a package of campaign finance and legislative ethics reforms before the end of session last month, Governor Cuomo made it clear he intended to tackle public corruption in a year that has already seen several sitting state legislators indicted on federal corruption charges.
Governor Cuomo says he will be announcing his Moreland Act commission to investigate the campaign donation filings of the legislature in the “immediate future”, possibly as early as Thursday.
Cuomo failed to get lawmakers to agree on a package of campaign finance reforms, and says he will now appoint a commission under the powers’ of the state’s Moreland Act, to investigate campaign filings at the State Board of Elections. The governor say in the end, it might even work out better.