The loophole in the governor’s ethics bill does not go unnoticed by the spokesman for the Commission on Public Integrity:
“I think anybody who donated to a politician expecting ethics reform that resulted in greater enforcement might be entitled to a refund…I think this could lead to less enforcement – the whole idea that you need two people of the same party to approve an investigation? It’s always been done at the staff level.”
The part of the ethics bill that requires approval from a member of your own party to go forward with an investigation seems to strengthen, not weaken, the hand of legislative leaders in Albany. Who seem pretty powerful as it is.