9:35am

Thu June 27, 2013
Politics and Government

Cuomo says announcement of commission to look into campaign donations imminent

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday he will be announcing his Moreland Act commission to investigate the campaign donation filings of the legislature in the “immediate future.”

Cuomo failed to get lawmakers to agree on a package of campaign finance reforms in the just-completed legislative session, 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 says in the end, it might even work out better.

“I think it’s going to be extraordinarily effective in terms of public corruption,” Cuomo said. "What would have been more effective, a Moreland [commission] or passing a bill, I'm not even sure; and history will tell us when we look back.

The governor also said he "wouldn’t be at all surprised” if the commission finds violations of the state’s election laws.