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New York State Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo

New York State Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo speaks at a Babylon Town Hall meeting in the fall. (Oct. 22, 2009) T Photo Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

AG Andrew Cuomo has had nothing but a show of strength from his out-fundraising Gov. David Paterson, and looking like you're ahead in the polls and fundraising tends to attract more fundraising.

Now the Times takes a look at the content of the contributions, and reports:

New records show that even as the industry has confronted its worst crisis in decades, developers, construction executives and real estate lobbyists have given millions of dollars to Mr. Cuomo, providing one in every five dollars over the past six months.

Featured among the big donors are the Speyers involved in Tishman-Speyer, who "have donated a combined $151,000 to Mr. Cuomo as they struggled to avoid defaulting on the Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village apartment complexes, efforts that eventually failed."

Certain development plans go through Cuomo's office, as outlined in the full story here. At the same time, there's action by the AG office against a major landlord for tenant harassment, which will help Cuomo argue that the contributions don't affect the performance in his job.

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