No Plans To Make Save NY Donor List Public

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As we reported earlier, the Committee to Save New York is beginning its statewide media push this week with a television commercial aimed at building popular support for expected budget cuts and property tax cap being proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“The committee supports my basic budget position, which is no new taxes,” Cuomo said at a news conference on storm management. “I’m sure there are other positions of mine that they wouldn’t support. So on the issue of the budget they are supportive of my position.”

As to whether the committee should reveal its list of donors, Cuomo said, “That’s up to them.”

The Committee to Save New York is listed as a non-profit entity and, under state law, does not have to reveal its donor roll.

But Susan Lerner, the executive director of Common Cause New York, said the group should list who is contributing to its operations.

“This is a direct grassroots lobbying effort and I think it is appropriate to ask who’s funding it,” she said. “One of the problems we have with our lobbying laws and campaign finance laws, they cloak who is contributing to these groups.”

Bill Cunningham, the managing director of DKC, a public relations firm hired by the committee, said the group’s website, letsfixalbany.org, will post a list of directors soon. The group has no plans to make its donor list public, however, he said.

Some of the people involved in the group include state Business Council President Kenneth Adams; Steve Spinola, the president of the Real Estate Board of New York; Sandy Parker, president of the Rochester Business Alliance and Kathryn Wilde, the president of the Partnership for New York City.

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  1. Cormac McGlynn on

    So let’s think about this… Cuomo preaches his goals of cleaning up Albany and fixing NY State, yet uses the Committee to Save New York (who has said it will not reveal the identities of it’s donors!) as a LOBBYING tool to aid him in his agenda of villifying and scapegoating the public employee unions for the state’s fiscal blunders. Talk about special interest groups and a lack of ethics in Albany! New Yorkers should demand transparency on the part of Committee to save New York and Cuomo in their attempt to crucify the public sector employees for a problem the politicians themselves have created by giving the store away through back room deals and rediculous pork spending. For years, states have ignored their obligations to the pension systems they signed onto, now Cuomo wants to CONVINCE you the shortfalls are the workers’ fault. Public sector employees commit themselves to a job which, for a long time, paid far less and offered a fraction of the incentives (if any) that private sector jobs offered. In return, these same workers were promised security upon retirement. Now that Wall Street, the housing market, the banking sector, etc. have gone down the toilet and those private sector jobs have disappeared or stopped paying extravagant salaries and perks, politicians want those suffering to feel that public employees earn too much and don’t deserve the retirement packages they sacraficed for all those years. If Mr. Cuomo wants us to believe he really has the people’s interests at heart, perhaps he should focus his efforts on the waste surrounding him in Albany, right down to his own office. Fix the perks that our elected and appointed government officials have created for themselves and New York would be fiscally sound for the next century! Until then, Mr Cuomo will just be another chapter in New York’s long, sorry story of politics-as-usual.