Cuomo and Dicker Define Special Interests
December 15th, 2011

On the day that a New York Public Interest Research report showed that the lobbying group Committee to Save New York spent just under $10 million on their efforts this year Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the NY Post’s Fred Dicker devoted a good deal of Dicker’s radio show to attacking special interests.

Cuomo told Dicker that lobbying has become, “much more sophisticated than I remember.”

Ironically the Committee to Save New York is a lobbying group that was created to lobby for Cuomo’s financial policy. In fact, the Committee is funded by large real estate and business interests that could be considered “special interests.”

But Dicker and Cuomo made sure to clarify that the Committee to Save New York is a good sort of “special interest,” or, uh, something like that.

Cuomo then took to defending the Joint Commission on Public Ethics. He said criticism of the agency and the picks to serve on it are “nonsensical.”

One of the criticism’s is that Cuomo named sitting Westchester District Attorney Janet DiFiore to chair JCOPE. I’ll let the Times Union’s Capitol Confidential Twitter feed response to Cuomo’s comments take it from here:

TUCapCon: “DiFiore will raise money from lobbyists as a candidate. (This, we must suppose, is the less harmful kind of lobbying.)” 4 hours ago reply retweet favorite

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5 Responses to “Cuomo and Dicker Define Special Interests”

  1. Bill Says:
    December 15th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Cuomo, campaign:

    In short, the States campaign finance laws fail
    to prevent the dominance of wealthy contributors
    and special interests in our government and force our
    representatives to be more concerned with how their
    contributors will react to a particular policy than with
    whether that policy is the right thing to do.

    Cuomo, today:
    She raises money from lobbyists! So what?

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