If the new investigative commission Gov. Cuomo charged this week with rooting out Albany corruption wants to find examples of dysfunction in the state’s campaign finance system, it doesn’t need to look beyond its own members.A Daily News review of the 25 commission members found that at least five of them didn’t follow state election law when filing their own campaign financial disclosure forms, records show.
The five are Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson, Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice, Onondaga County Executive Joanne Mahoney, Albany County DA David Soares, and Franklin County DA Derek Champagne.Most broke only minor rules like improperly omitting addresses for donors or vendors or failing to itemize campaign spending. In some cases, reimbursements didn’t add up.
But one commissioner--Johnson--completely skipped out on filing three required disclosure statements during his 2007 reelection run.When he ran in 2011, some of his donors were listed as “unknown” or not identified at all.
The findings had some in Albany grumbling that the watchers themselves need to be watched.
"Maybe the governor should appoint another Moreland Commission to investigate the members of this Moreland Commission,” one senior lawmaker cracked.
I say, if the governor wants to root out corruption in Albany, he should start with himself.
Who did Cuomo ally with and takes funds from via the Committee To Save New York?
Why won't he disclose that information?
Just why didn't Cuomo bring even one charge against any Wall Street player who brought about the '08 collapse through their criminal activities?
How much money did Cuomo take from these criminal Wall Street players to do nothing?