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Legislators Tell You How They Launder Taxpayer Money

March 10, 2010

In NY, the Poughkeepsie Journal just ran an article where legislators speak out on what is wrong with Government. 

Assemblyman Greg Ball
This Legislature is a rat’s nest of insiders expertly leveraging their positions of public trust for their private benefit. The Legislature has spoken words of reform for a decade now, fully embracing the principle without ever intending to put these ideals into law. The recent (former state Senate Majority Leader Joseph) Bruno case is just one small example and a common symptom of a much larger dilemma. If this governor is serious about term limits and cracking down on outside influences and income, he will have to take on (Assembly Speaker) Sheldon Silver, the real 800-pound gorilla (this is the real reason Governor Patterson is under so much fire, he’s not following the “rules”), and start a just and overdue war against Albany Inc. Albany is not corrupt because it is in the hands of any party; it is corrupt because too much power is concentrated in the hands of too few people, Republicans included.

How taxpayer money is laundered:

Millions of dollars are being shifted from state coffers to private interests at the behest of legislative members on both sides of the aisle and in both houses. The game of shifting money into nonprofits and through law firms, thereby hiding behind “attorney-client” privilege, has become a professional sport in New York, and taxpayers are flipping the bill.

NYS Assemblyman Frank Skartados

Assembly Skartados states: “I support an independent oversight commission to police the Legislature.”

Question: Who funds this oversight commission?

Answer: The legislature.

Full Story: NYS Legislators Say About NY.

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