'Save New York' panel suddenly saving cash?

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As it released its annual report last week, the state ethics commission enacted more disclosure rules governing lobbyists and money.

For some critics, it was a year too late.

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The timing reinforced the fact that one of the biggest decisions the panel has made in its short life was this: Last year, it set an effective date for disclosure rules that allowed the “Committee to Save New York,” a business-backed ally of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, to avoid divulging who bankrolled its efforts in 2011-12.

The group spent $16.1 million backing the governor his first two years – twice as much as the next biggest spender - and virtually nothing since the disclosure rules took effect.

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