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Gov. Andrew Cuomo spent $100K in campaign funds to pay law firm

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo at an event in

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo at an event in Albany on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2014. Credit: Hans Pennink

ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo spent $100,000 from his campaign fund in December to pay a law firm that he hired to represent the governor's office amid a federal investigation.

Campaign filings released Thursday showed the campaign of Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul paid $100,000 in a transaction dated Dec. 29 to the Manhattan firm of Movillo, Abromowitz, Grand, Iason and Anello.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is investigating several reports of corruption turned over to him by the Moreland Commission, created by and ultimately closed down by Cuomo.

Cuomo's campaign also spent $75,000 on an Iowa media group, Analytics Media Group of Des Moines, although Cuomo has refused to comment on whether he would consider seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2016. Iowa holds a critical early primary. News reports show the company had worked on Democratic President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.

Cuomo's campaign spokesman wouldn't comment on either transaction.

The company, according to its website, offers experts in campaign ads, statistical analysis and political operatives, and has taken credit in part for Obama's win.

Cuomo's opponent in November, Republican Rob Astorino, reported he transferred the balance of his governor's campaign fund, $57,424, to his county campaign committee.

Cuomo had raised more than $45 million during the last four years for his re-election campaign, compared with about $5 million raised by Astorino last year.

State records show Cuomo still had $8.8 million left his account as of Thursday after spending $261,057 since December.Many Democrats had criticized him for failing to back up his promise to help win Democratic control of the Senate. Republicans won a slim majority in November.With Yancey Roy

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