The Committee to Save New York, a well-funded lobbying organization that happens to always support Governor Andrew Cuomo’s agenda, has been in the headlines in recent days over whether it should disclose the source of its $17 million in contributions. In particular, Ravi Batra, who sits on the state’s new ethics panel, has made a big deal about whether recently adopted disclosure rules were improperly moved from June to July this year, which, as it’s on the cusp of the six-month filing deadline, has the impact of moving the disclosure period six months ahead.
NYPIRG has come out today with a report detailing the amount of lobbying bucks swirling around Albany for the first ten months this year, and among the surprising findings is that business-backed groups led all comers by lobbying in favor of Andrew Cuomo’s first budget.
Usually it is unions who lead the lobbying push often in opposition to a governor’s budget; this time around however the Committee to Save New York spent nearly $10 million this year, its first in existence. 1199/SEIU, by contrast, spent close to $7 million, nearly double last year’s total and that too was in support of the final proposal Read More