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Cuomo defends fundraiser

Posted by Karen DeWitt on

Governor Cuomo continued to defend his choice to hold a $25,000 a plate fundraiser attended by key lobbyists two weeks before the budget is due, saying he supports public campaign financing.

In a radio interview with WCNY’s the  Capitol Pressroom, Cuomo said he was not influenced by the money he received from donors.

“If anyone suggests that any position I take is linked to a contributor,” Cuomo said, then  they would be wrong.

The governor criticized two freshman Senators, Allesandra Biaggi, and Jessica Ramos, and recently elected Assemblywoman  Yuh-Lin Niou. They called the governor a “hypocrite” for advocating for public campaign finance while holding the pricey fundraiser during budget season.

Cuomo says the three either did not know the facts or were “lying”, because two of three had also recently held fundraisers, though with a lower admission rate, and their democratic legislative campaign committees regularly schedule fundraisers with high price tags.

“There’s no doubt that you have new members who have a lot of emotion, sometimes not matched with facts,” Cuomo said.   

The governor did not comment on a vulgarity used by a senior aide when referring to the three lawmakers. He says all he can do is conduct himself in a civil manner.

Cuomo, who has said the budget needs to include a matching small donor public campaign finance system, says there is not yet final agreement on the issue.

Cuomo, held a fundraiser after he was just reelected last November, and would not be up for election to another term until 2022. He says he is considering seeking re election to his job for a fourth term. 

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