ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Good-government advocates are giving a road map to New York's latest anti-corruption commission to reform what the advocates call legal corruption in New York politics.
They cited high but legal campaign donation limits and a rule that allows corporations to adhere to high donor limits created for individuals, rather than companies.
Ian Vandewalker (VAN'-deh-WAHLK'-ur) of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law told the Moreland Commission Tuesday that when big money donors hold so much power in Albany, the public turns away in disgust and democracy loses its lifeblood.
Bill Mahoney of the New York Public Interest Research Group says one business operator was able to contribute several times the limit to Gov. Andrew Cuomo by donating through several of his companies.