Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Cuomo rolling in real estate dough

From the NY Times:

A new group backing Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo raised more than $12 million from just 20 donors last year, helping it rapidly become the largest-spending advocacy organization in Albany politics, according to documents released by the group late Friday.

The group, called the Committee to Save New York, was founded at the urging of Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, and spent millions of dollars supporting the governor’s agenda during his first 18 months in office, financing barrages of television and radio advertising that neutralized the well-financed labor unions that have usually dominated the Capitol.

On Friday, the committee released tax returns detailing its spending and membership. Upon request from The New York Times and other news organizations, a spokesman for the committee provided forms detailing contributions to the group in 2011.

Because the committee, organized as a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization, is permitted by law to redact the identities and addresses of its donors, it is not clear exactly which individuals, companies or other nonprofit organizations provided the group’s money. But an examination of the filing reveals that of the roughly $17 million raised, more than two-thirds came from donors giving $250,000 or more, far in excess of the $60,800 that New York law permits individuals to give directly to candidates.


Anonymous said...

"the largest-spending advocacy organization"

such pretty wording.

Anonymous said...

would Sen. Chuck Schumer dare request that the I.R.S investigate this group ,like he did the "TAX ENOUGH ALREADY" Tea Party Groups in the U.S. ?

Anonymous said...

Whenever money is coming from the R.E. lobby you can bet that they are trying to shaft the rest of us.

Cuomo is looking like a typical, cynical slick front.

Too bad.

Anonymous said...

This is SO obvious it hurts. Vote them all out of office. If you're an incumbent you're gone. But we won't, we'll sit and watch American Idol or Dancingf with the Stars and totally ignore the shafting we're getting from Albany, Washington and City Hall.
Jesus, We're pathetic.

Anonymous said...

What did you all expect?

Nobody gets elected without $$$$$$$$$!

The real estate industry has the most to spread around to buy up supporters.

Look at Mario...his shady dad...
well spoken...but on the RE lobby's pad too.

Ms. Tsouris said...

Cuomo....a DINO and a fascist. His dad helped push through the Housing Omnibus Bill of 1983 effectively getting rid of rent control and decimating rent stabilization to make way for the coop craze that wiped out affordable housing in New York City.

Anonymous #4, you made an important observation; the media doesn't report news, but gossip about these crappy reality shows and "news" about celebrities. It's mind numbing.