The state Senate Republican Campaign Committee filed paperwork late yesterday to quash a subpoena from a corruption-busting commission aimed at its campaign donors and housekeeping account.
The Moreland Commission, appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in July to root out corruption in state government, last month issued subpoenas to campaign committees of major political parties, seeking details about their housekeeping accounts — the loosely overseen committees that can take in a limitless amount of contributions from donors.
The committee, along with ones controlled by Democrats, were requested to hand over documents about the accounts today.
The Senate GOP asked in state Supreme Court in Manhattan to toss the subpoena, saying the commission is seeking “its most sensitive internal documents” and overstepping its legal bounds.
“By issuing an overbroad and burdensome subpoena without sufficient justification, and in a manner that strongly suggests partisan bias, the Commission both disrupts the careful balance struck by the state’s existing campaign finance disclosure regime and infringes deeply upon the Committee’s rights to free political expression and association,” the GOP response said.
It’s the latest legal fight between the Moreland Commission and lawmakers, who are bucking the commission’s request for details about their outside income and their campaign spending.
Updated: The Moreland Commission said it would fight the Senate GOP’s attempt to dismiss the subpoenas.
“In addition to Executive Law 6 and the Executive order, the Moreland Commission has full legal authority, as Deputy Attorneys General, granted by the Attorney General, under Executive Law 63(8) to proceed with this investigation,” said Moreland spokeswoman Michelle Duffy. “We had hoped the Senate Republicans would willingly cooperate and they did not. We will prevail in court.”
Here’s the GOP response today. (h/t to Bloomberg News)