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Anti-Corruption Commission Issues Subpoenas, Expands Probe to 'Housekeeping Accounts'

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

An anti-corruption commission Governor Cuomo appointed says "everything is on the table" when it comes to investigating public officials.

Three co-chairs of the Moreland Commission issued a statement Tuesday night that said it's moving to probe so-called "housekeeping accounts." Those are relatively unregulated and large funds the political parties can use to promote their agendas.

The statement came just hours after word that the commissioners had issued subpoenas to state legislators who earn more than $20,000 a year from outside sources. The commissioners declined to say how many subpoenas they sent out and to whom.

"It's lawmakers who have major outside income either from legal clients or from outside business interests in excess of $20,000 that's a category that encompasses both of the major legislative leaders, Assembly Speaker, Sheldon Silver and Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos," said Jimmy Vielkind, reporter for Capital New York.

The commission has been criticized in recent weeks for appearing to waver on its commitment to fully probe public corruption.

Governor Cuomo formed the Moreland Commission in response to a series of arrests of lawmakers accused of bribery and other public corruption charges.

To hear a complete interview with Jimmy Vielkind click audio above.

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