A limitless "housekeeping" account is being used to rake in donations this year from casino developers, DoorDash, and healthcare groups that are lobbying the state.
Real estate titans and gaming companies behind casino proposals in Times Square, Hudson Yards, and Coney Island recently donated to Gov. Kathy Hochul, with a hotly-contested licensing process underway.
With funding approved in the state budget, a new program that matches small-dollar donations could allow candidates to run campaigns supported by everyday New Yorkers.
The New York governor’s billion-dollar subsidy deal for a new Buffalo Bills stadium could reward her husband—and is the latest example of the state squeezing the Seneca Nation.
Politicians will still have too much control over the ethics commissioners, the groups say, as part of a state budget deal negotiated behind closed doors.
By relying on public private partnerships, New York is virtually guaranteeing that wealthy businesses with deep political connections will substantially benefit from state investment.