On December 2, 2013 the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption announced its findings and recommendations. The Commission was charged by Governor Cuomo on July 2, 2013 to probe systemic public corruption and the appearance of such corruption in state government, political campaigns and elections in New York State. The report today reflects the findings of the Commission and makes recommendations to toughen and improve existing laws and procedures.
Commission's Preliminary report recommends Campaign Finance Reform, Independent Election Law Enforcement Agency, New Laws and Tougher Penalties, and New Disclosure Rules.
The Commission specifically investigated the effectiveness of New York’s campaign finance laws, the management and affairs of the State Board of Elections, the weaknesses of laws relating to lobbying, conflicts of interest, public ethics, the use of tax-exempt organizations to influence public policy and elections, and the strength and effectiveness of our criminal laws with respect to public corruption and abuses of public trust.
The preliminary report is divided into four areas that the Commission has focused on thus far in its investigation: campaign finance, enforcement at the Board of Elections, the adequacy of current laws for effectively prosecuting corruption and outside income of legislators and legislative discretionary funding.
The Commission’s preliminary report is posted on the Internet at: