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'Save New York' panel suddenly saving cash?

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.

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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