Blair Horner

7:03am

Thu August 14, 2014
Politics and Government

Reformer: Cuomo using campaign money for Israel trip better than using funds for defense lawyer

Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders visit an Iron Dome missile site in Israel
Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

A member of a government reform group says it’s ok if Governor Cuomo uses his campaign coffers to finance this week’s trip to Israel if the visit is for political, rather than government purposes.

Blair Horner, with the New York Public Interest Research Group, says it’s preferable for Governor Cuomo to use funds from his $35 million dollar campaign fund to pay for his visit to Israel than for state taxpayers to foot the bill.  Horner says by using the campaign money, Cuomo is also signaling that the trip is more of a political event than official government business.

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