Published reports on Wednesday recounted a meeting between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Malaysian gambling interests at an event kept off Cuomo’s public schedule as he pushed to expand gambling.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and Comptroller John Liu, all of whom are running for mayor in 2013, have made their disdain for corporate spending in politics clear.
Blowback over The New York Times’ story that the Cuomo administration urged gambling interests to donate to the Committee to Save New York is starting this afternoon.
First, there was Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., who compared Gov. Andrew Cuomo to Caesar in another installment of his “What You Should Know” emails:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s ties to the Committee To Save New York drew criticism today from some advocacy groups and Sen. Ruben Diaz, D-Bronx.
The New York Times reported that the Cuomo administration asked gambling companies to contribute to the Committee To Save New York rather than spending their own money on ads. The committee spent more than $10 million last year to promote Cuomo’s agenda.
Despite legislation, ethics panel has yet to issue disclosure requirements
New disclosure requirements about who's fueling some of the Capitol's lobbying groups may not be in effect until next year, good government advocates said Tuesday.