The New York Times article on the Moreland Commission is a disturbing documentation of the ongoing efforts by Governor Cuomo and his staff to prevent an independent investigation into corruption at the State Capitol. Mr. Cuomo's behavior, including deceiving the public as to the workings of the Commission, falls far short of the minimum ethical standards for the highest elected official in our state.
Even the Commission's one watered down report stated that state government is “a pay-to-play political culture driven by large checks." Cuomo is the kingpin of that domain, as his $40 million plus election war chest highlights. Cuomo and his staff however ensured that key issues that would reflect badly on him were stricken from the report, especially information that investigators had learned about the powerful Real Estate Board of New York and its political donations.
While we are encouraged that the US Attorney has picked up investigations dropped by Cuomo's disbanding of the Commission, this story makes clear the urgent need for an independent criminal and ethical investigation of the activities of Mr. Cuomo, starting with the enormous amount of massive campaign contributions he has raised during his tenure. This investigation needs to examine the funds that Governor has raised - and spent - for various party and independent committees that he has controlled, as well as the potential misuse of public funds to promote his candidacy.
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The 2014 Annual National Meeting got off to a great start on Thursday.
Photos from the meeting can be seen here.
The day concluded with a celebration of the meeting held 30 years ago at Macclaster College. On the left is John Rensenbrink, one of the co-founders of the Green Party, addressing the gathering.
Most of the events are being live-streamed and archived at our Livestream channel. Watch at http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus.
Photos from Friday
A recurring theme from Friday's sessions and press conferences was the need for a state bank. Candidates and officeholders from California, Iowa, Minnesota and New York spoke elequently for the need for such a bank. Michael Feinstein, candidate for Santa Monica City Council raised the possibility of creating a municipal bank.