Watchdogs call for investigation into whether Cuomo is paying adviser with campaign funds

Watchdogs call for investigation into whether Cuomo is paying adviser with campaign funds


Watchdog groups filed a complaint Thursday against a top aide to former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, alleging he is currently paying the adviser with campaign dollars, in violation of state election law.

The complaint , led by Common Cause New York and joined by government accountability group Reinvent Albany and two others, asked the New York State Board of Elections to investigate whether Richard Azzopardi is being unlawfully paid a salary from Cuomo’s $18 million election fund following a report that Cuomo hired him for help in the aftermath of his resignation.

State law provides that campaign dollars “shall not be converted by any person to a personal use which is unrelated to a political campaign or the holding of a public office or party position,” the complainants note.

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