Commission: NY has 'pay-to-play' political culture

By Dave Greber

December 3, 2013 Updated Dec 3, 2013 at 12:30 AM EST

Albany, N.Y. (WBNG Binghamton) New York has a pay-to-play political culture "greased" by a wide-open campaign finance system that allows donors with deep pockets to set the legislative agenda for the rest of the state.

That's according to the report released Monday by a commission chosen this summer to study the level of New York's political corruption.

The Moreland Commission is trying to win back public trust. They investigated a number of incidents, including the management of the State Board of Elections and the use of tax-exempt organizations to influence public policy and elections.

The commission says campaign finance laws have taken control of elections and that there are far too many loopholes that allow virtually unlimited contributions.

The group said contribution limits should be lowered, loop holes should be closed and that campaign funds should have more limits and more disclosure.

The commission also recommended changing the state's laws to ensure voters know who is spending money to influence elections, and break the information into an easily understood database.

For the complete report, click here