Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos wrote a letter Thursday to the state ethics commission, asking the group to reconsider exempting an abortion rights group from disclosing political donors.
In the letter, Skelos wrote that the Joint Commission on Public Ethics had not finalized its policy on exemptions to new laws requiring lobbying groups to disclose donors of more than $5,000, as made clear by JCOPE’s decision to table other exemption requests this week. Without a firm policy, the decision to allow NARAL Pro-Choice New York an exemption was “rash,” Skelos wrote in the letter.
“This exemption should be suspended until JCOPE establishes a process that can be applied fairly to all entities applying for an exemption,” he wrote.
The exemption was specifically crafted for highly divisive issues like abortion. NARAL Pro-Choice NY has the sole exemption so far.
“NARAL is one of the many organizations that conceivably fit into that category and rightly so, since those publicly affiliated with our organization have been targeted by extremists,” Tara Sweeney, a spokeswoman for the group told Gannett’s Albany Bureau in June.
Here’s the full letter: