Last week, Gov. Cuomo announced two actions that he says will “curb the power of independent expenditure campaigns” that are now permitted in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizen United decision.
The Governor released a legal opinion from his Counsel that provides guidance to state enforcement entities to determine whether improper coordination exists between independent expenditure groups and the candidates they support. And he also said he would propose legislation that would strengthen disclosure requirements for such groups, including requiring the identification of anyone who controls them.
The Governor also said that he will propose legislation to address the problem of “quid pro quo” donations and “ensure that independent expenditure groups remain autonomous from the entities they support.” The Governor’s proposal will “strengthen disclosure requirements and mandate that groups report the identity of anyone exerting control over them, as well as any former staffers or immediate family members of a candidate.”