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Top Aide to Former Gov Spitzer Fined for Role in Troopergate Scandal

Thursday, October 08, 2009

A New York State commission has issued a $10,000 fine to Darren Dopp, an aide to former Governor Eliot Spitzer, for his alleged role in the Troopergate scandal. Karen DeWitt reports.

REPORTER: The public integrity commission says Dopp violated the state code of ethics by misusing the resources of the state police when he recreated the travel records that then Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno, who at the time was a political enemy of Governor Eliot Spitzer.

Dopp maintains that the commissions entire trooper gate probe was tainted and said in a statement that he is the first public information officer in history to be sanctioned for releasing public records in response to media requests.

Governor Paterson's own inspector general in reports seemed to support Dopp's claims saying there were a number of improprieties in the commission's trooper gate investigation. Dopp says he intends to sue. In Albany, I'm Karen DeWitt.

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