ALBANY – The identities of deep-pocket donors to a private lobbying group working for the past 18 months to promote the agenda of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, will remain secret, a state ethics agency determined today. The donors include Buffalo-area contributors who gave nearly $1 million.
The state Joint Commission on Public Ethics adopted proposed rules requiring large donor disclosure information to be in effect as of July 1, not retroactively to last year when the law was adopted or to earlier this year as at least one government watchdog had wanted.
The decision means the names associated with the more than $17 million raised by the Committee to Save New York – including at least $800,000 from Western New York – will not have to be disclosed.