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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s $33 million campaign fund is built on deep-pocketed contributors. In fact, 242 donors have given the Democrat at least $40,000, according to a New York Public Interest Group analysis, accounting for 45 percent of his total.

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Cuomo said talk of big donations influencing his policies is “baloney.” He said the more important underlying issue is a politician’s character. That said, he still favors public financing of elections.

Conspicuously, the character issue is the same argument opponents use against public financing. Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), for one, said using taxpayers’ funds would not stop “crooks and idiots” from participating in bribery.