'Super Pac' and lobbying group supporting Cuomo probed

Jun 11, 2012 7:15 PM

A “watchdog” group in New York state is asking for an investigation into the relationship between a “Super Pac” and a lobbying group created to support Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his policies.

Being called suspicious was a $2 billion donation made to the Committee to Save New York, a group supporting Cuomo, by the New York Gaming Association. Among the members of the Association is the Malaysian company Genting, operator of the slot facility at Aqueduct racetrack.

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Cuomo met with the chairman of Genting and members of the New York Gaming Association in Westchester and three months later announced he supported Genting’s $4 billion convention center plan, a project that he has recently shelved.

“Sometimes the appearance of impropriety is as important as actual impropriety,” said Susan Lerner of Common Cause NY. The timing of the donation and Cuomo’s Genting support “raises all kinds of questions about whether there was some sort of influence,” she said.