POLITICIAN RELIANT ON BIG CORPORATIONS AND UNIONS DECRIES ROLE OF BIG CORPORATIONS, UNIONS IN POLITICS
RELEASED: June 8, 2016
“Getting lectured by the governor about the corrosive nature of big money in politics elicits the same feeling as watching Exon Mobile’s commercials about the future of green energy. While I’m certain the law students in attendance were mesmerized by his ability to rattle off the names of extremely famous Supreme Court cases, the rest of us were left wondering why he choose to parrot Elizabeth Warren’s stump speech instead of delivering a plan to address the real public ethics issues New Yorkers care about, like term limits for leaders and committee chairs, ending pay-to-play economic development contracts and taking retirement benefits from corrupt politicians.
“Re-framing this as a national issue is clever spin. It diverts the discussion about reform away from an administration facing state and federal ethics probes involving big corporate money. I am confident New Yorkers will see through it and continue to demand the ethics reform that they deserve. Why is the governor trotting out this proposal at the eleventh hour? Why did he shutter his own ethics commission? It is hard to take him seriously as a crusader for the public trust,” said Finch.