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NY board keeps secret donors to pro-Cuomo lobbyist

The state Joint Commission on Public Ethics will keep secret the vast majority of millionaire donors who funded a lobbying group that promotes Gov. Andrew Cuomo. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports.

The board decided Tuesday that a law passed a year ago requires revealing only donors to lobbying groups since July 1st.

The Committee to Save New York has spent more than $10 million in an unprecedented, campaign-like TV ad blitz supporting Cuomo. Now it won't have to reveal most of its contributors dating to December 2010.

The committee has helped boost Cuomo's popularity through ads touting his accomplishments.

It recently received $2 million from gambling interests as Cuomo sought to expand casino gambling.

Common Cause has said the measure gives lobbyists a "grace period" from a law that the general public doesn't get.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.