The Committee to Save New York — a lobbying coalition of mostly business groups that has been favorable toward Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s agenda — released its latest filing with the state ethics commission, revealing it spent some $3.9 million on advertising and production in the months of March and April.
This year, the committee first hit the airwaves with a series of advertisements in March, ahead of the state’s March 31 budget deadline. The committee aired ads in favor of Cuomo’s budget and proposal to scale back pension benefits for new state employees.
In all, the group reported $4 million in lobbying expenses for March and April after reporting $84,000 in January and February. CSNY has come under some criticism for not revealing its donors, though its board of directors is listed on its website. Under the state’s new ethics law, its top donors will have to be revealed beginning next year.
“We are extremely proud of the role CSNY has played in achieving real reform in Albany this year, including the early budget that was balanced without new taxes or gimmicks, pension reform that will save state and local taxpayers billions of dollars in the years to come, and smart investments in job creation that will put people to work and improve our economy,” CSNY spokesman Michael McKeon said in a statement.
Here’s the group’s March and April filing: