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October 31, 2013

The State Senate Republican Campaign Committee seeks to quash a Moreland Commission subpoena asking for its “housekeeping account” records


The State Senate Republican Campaign Committee seeks to quash a Moreland Commission subpoena asking for its “housekeeping account” records

The State Senate Republican Campaign Committee has filed a motion in New York State Supreme, New York County,*asking the court to quash the Moreland Commission’s September 20, 2013 subpoena duces tecum for records pertaining to its "housekeeping account." In addition, the Committee is seeking a “protective order directing that the Committee need not respond to the subpoena’s remaining demands.”**

According to the Committee’s Memorandum of Law in Support of Petition to Quash and for a Protective Order filed October 29, 2013, Its 'housekeeping account' is a segregated account comprising 'monies received and expenditures made … to maintain a permanent headquarters and staff and carry on ordinary activities which are not for the express purpose of promoting the candidacy of specific candidates.'”

In response, on October 30, 2013 the Moreland Commission Co-Chairs Kathleen Rice, Esq., Milton Williams, Jr., Esq. and William Fitzpatrick, Esq. issued the following statement:

"In addition to Executive Law 6 and the Executive order, the Moreland Commission has full legal authority, as Deputy Attorneys General, granted by the Attorney General, under Executive Law 63(8) to proceed with this investigation. We had hoped the Senate Republicans would willingly cooperate and they did not. We will prevail in court."

*  New York State Senate Republican Campaign Committee, Petitioner v Commission To Investigate Public Corruption, Respondent, Supreme Court, New York County, Index Number 159965/2013. The Senate Republican Campaign Committee’s October 29, 2013 response, together with a copy of its Memorandum of Law, is posted on the Internet at:
 http://polhudson.lohudblogs.com/2013/10/30/senate-gop-seeks-to-quash-moreland-commission-subpoena-for-records/

** The Committee's Memorandum of Law alleges: "the Committee made a targeted production of documents that responded to the Subpoena’s demands 1 and 3."
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