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What better way to celebrate the New York Public Interest Research Group's 40th anniversary than to have long-time good government gadfly Blair Horner return to deliver is one-of-a-kind anti-corruption quotes?
Horner left NYPIRG two and a half years ago to work for The American Cancer Society. He returns to NYPIRG right in time for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's anti-corruption Moreland Commission's first public meetings and the 2014 state-wide elections.
I will continue to work with them on the state’s important health issues,” Horner said in a statement. “I look forward to working on many other looming issues as well. From release of the findings of the Moreland Act Commission, to next year’s vote on the constitutional amendment on redistricting, to the 2017 referendum on whether to convene a Constitutional Convention, New Yorkers have big decisions to make and I want to be deeply involved in those discussions. Being back in NYPIRG allows me to do just that.”
Horner is known for blisteringly poignant and funny quotes about corruption and good government policy. Albany reporters can rest easy knowing Horner will be bringing his quotes back with him.
Over 80 percent of the cash Gov. Andrew Cuomo raised this election cycle came from donors who gave $10,000 or more according to an analysis by New York Public Interest Group's Bill Mahoney. Only .89 percent came from those giving $1,000 or less.
Cuomo has raised $6.2 million in the past six months--giving him a total horde of $27.8 million for his relection campaign next year.
The news of Cuomo's successful fundraising and Mahoney's analysis comes as Cuomo has pledged that he is committeed to reforming the state's campaign finance system and has called a Moreland Commission to look into problems with campaign finance at the state Board of Elections.
Here is a list from Mahoney of those who gave Cuomo $40,000 or more in this election cycle: