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Independence Party Subpoenaed in State Corruption Probe



ALBANY (AP)  The state’s anti-corruption commission has issued its first subpoenas to political entities, an official familiar with the case said Friday. 

The official said the subpoenas were issued to political organizations, including the state Independence Party, for information about their housekeeping accounts. The official wasn’t authorized to comment on the action and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Independence Party Chairman Frank MacKay confirmed the party received a subpoena and said it will comply. He said the party is in full compliance with campaign law.

Real estate interests have been subpoenaed by the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, but these subpoenas are the first to be used on campaign committees and political organizations. The other political organizations weren’t immediately identified.

A week ago, the Legislature refused a request by the commission for information about lawmakers’ outside jobs.

The commission could still choose to try to subpoena the Legislature. That would be a test of the commission’s authority, which the Legislature has questioned.

The commission was formed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and isn’t technically authorized to investigate the legislative branch. But through a novel approach, by examining campaign records, the commission is trying to investigate the connection between campaign contributions and the influencing of legislation.


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