ALBANY — As New York moves to expand gambling, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have quietly deleted a proposed ban on accepting campaign contributions from casino operators.
Cuomo had said as recently as June 6 that he wanted to rid his casino proposal of politics. Albany’s past expansions of gambling have resulted in some of Albany’s biggest corruption scandals.
But the bill to authorize four casinos negotiated by Cuomo and legislative leaders that passed Friday night won’t prohibit campaign contributions from gambling interests. Other proposals that died in the session that ended early Saturday included a package of anti-corruption laws and a plan to publicly finance campaigns with reduced limits on the size of donations and greater accountability.
All of those proposals were aimed at reducing the influence of big-money donors like gambling interests in decisions made by lawmakers.