Moreland Commission

We welcomed the appointment of a Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption in the summer of 2013, with sweeping authority to address the continuing problem of the corrupting influence of campaign dollars in Albany. For more than three decades, Common Cause New York has advocated for comprehensive reform of New York State’s campaign finance laws and undertaken research studies that “connect the dots” between campaign contributions and policy. Our hope was that  Governor Cuomo and Attorney General Schneiderman were joining together to bring the full weight of their offices to bear on the intractable problem of political money breeding corruption in Albany and we were impressed by the caliber of the individuals who had agreed to serve.

The Commission was fraught with interference by the Governor’s staff and appointees. As subpoenas and investigations began to get too politically sensitive or reach too close to the Governor’s allies, the subpoenas were withdrawn or not served. After issuing a strong report detailing numerous ways in which New York’s laws could be improved – including through the passage of public financing of elections, the Commission was dissolved in late March of 2014. The New York Times details the rise and demise of the Moreland Commission in this excellent investigative report.

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Common Cause New York Executive Director Susan Lerner issued the following statement: "The arrest of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver by federal authorities for undisclosed income further reveals the crucial role the Moreland Commission played...

Common Cause New York Statement on Arrest of Assembly Speaker
January 22, 2015

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