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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo closed out the legislative session with a series of victories. This week comes the next milestone on the political calendar: mid-year campaign-finance filings.
All through the session, the media kept tabs on the high profile business of lawmaking. By Friday, state officeholders and legislators will have to disclose how they fared regarding the more under-the-radar business of fundraising. As of April 1, lawmakers had slated about 133 fundraisers in Albany, according to the New York Public Interest Research Group (click account of it here), roughly par for the course.
Cuomo received substantial help from the business community in pushing through his agenda, especially the newly formed Committee to Save New York. Its ad campaign (financial disclosure here) successfully fenced off union attacks on Cuomo’s plan to cut the state’s budget. Cuomo and the group joined forces to support the termination of the so-called “millionaires’ tax.” A key to look for is whether members of the well-heeled group contributed to the governor’s campaign coffers (prior reports, click here).