New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed the now defunct ‘Commission to Investigate Public Corruption’ under the Moreland Act and Executive Law Section 63(8) in 2013. The objective was to probe corruption in state government, political campaigns, and elections in the State of New York. The Commission had the power to issue subpoenas and examine witnesses under oath. The panel was tasked with reviewing the competence of existing state laws, examine whether existing laws and regulations were properly enforced, and make recommendations for improvement.
Another Democrat Caught Cheating?
Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara’s prosecutors are now conducting a three-tiered investigation to determine if anyone in the administration influenced the commission not to refer cases to Albany District Attorney David Soares. The interactions of Gov. Cuomo’s administration with the Moreland Commission are currently being probed. The governor said that his office is cooperating with any investigations. He also claimed that his aides only advised the commission and that the panel acted as an independent body.
Prosecutors are currently investigating if there was any interference by the Cuomo administration and also exploring whether they can take up the cases assigned to the defunct Moreland Commission. In addition, they seek to determine if the governor’s office has forced some commissioners to deny that the administration had interfered with investigations. Gov. Cuomo abruptly disbanded the commission after the state Legislature received subpoenas inquiring about the income and campaign expenditure of several lawmakers, and agreed to a package of ethics reforms.
A Democrat cares about Tax Payers’ Money!?―That is a First
Gov. Cuomo hired criminal defense lawyers to represent his entire office when US Attorney Bharara issued a letter that raised questions about witness tampering. It is also alleged that the governor is using his $35 million campaign fund to pay the legal fees. According to his lawyer, the governor does not want to use taxpayers’ money to pay for the case while the governor said he wanted to spare taxpayers “another expensive prosecutor’s office.” Some critics are of the opinion that while it may be legal, paying from a campaign fund is not an appropriate way to use campaign money.
The real crime that Cuomo is and has committed is not legalizing oil shale which would bring thousands of jobs into New York, increase land value, help New York State become financially solvent again, help America get off Middle East oil, and so on.
States in the dark green are the state that are basket cases. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and California could easily bring jobs into their state and be a team player in this energy revolution if they legalized oil shale. Cuomo seems to have no problem in running his state into the ground.
Why would you donate money to the Democrats anyway?
Instances of New York politicians using campaign funds to pay their criminal defense attorneys are not unusual since there are a few restrictions on how contributions from donors can be spent. However, in Cuomo’s case, the funds are being used to pay legal fees for the entire office of the governor. Some critics say they haven’t heard of such cases in the past, and have called for stricter control over how money from donors can be spent. The governor is entitled to receive government funding for criminal defense lawyers under current law. However, Cuomo reiterates that he wanted to spare the public the expense. An altruistic Democrat? Interesting.
Following receipt of US Attorney Bharara’s warning letter, Cuomo said he will not comment on the specifics. However, the governor said he has not yet been personally asked to speak to federal prosecutors and has directed his staff to cooperate fully with the investigation.