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Sparring over corruption panel continues

With a reporting deadline less than a week away, bickering over the tactics and likely proposals of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s corruption commission continued Monday.

Cuomo sought to fight back against legislators’ criticisms that subpoenas issued by his Commission to Investigate Public Corruption violated the state’s separation-of-powers guarantees. But, in a brief conference call with reporters, the governor didn’t get to address claims that the commission was trying to coerce lawmakers to support public financing of political campaigns.

Cuomo said the fight over subpoenas for information about lawmakers’ outside incomes -- which, notably went to just 32 of the 213 state legislators -- wasn’t about principles. More than half of the 32 lawmakers have complied, a source said.

“I think it belies their whole argument because if it was really about principle and really about separation of powers, then none of them would be complying,” Cuomo said.

Meanwhile, the New York Public Interest Research Group issued a report saying the commission should back a public financing option for campaigns, lower contribution limits and ban the personal use of campaign funds.

The panel, informally known as the Moreland Commission, is set to report to the governor on Dec. 1. But it’s unclear when its recommendations will be made public.

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