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AG Cuomo and securities-suit pay-to-play

The Wall Street Journal discusses Bernstein Litowitz and Labaton Sucharow ties to officials in Louisiana, Mississippi and Massachusetts, and has some pointed editorial words closer to home:

Back in New York, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has garnered banner headlines and much praise for his pay-to-play pension fund probe that has already led to four guilty pleas by investors and politicians. Good for him. Yet when asked about pursuing the trial bar for similar behavior, his office says it has no jurisdiction to go after law firms in class action suits. He could at least turn down their campaign money, however.

Mr. Cuomo's campaign happens to have received $200,000 from securities law firms. Perhaps it's merely a coincidence that the expected candidate for governor in 2010 doesn't want to investigate his funders. Mr. Cuomo recently proposed legislation that puts restrictions on campaign donations from investment firms seeking pension business. His proposal does not seek the same restrictions on securities law firms. Perhaps that's another coincidence.



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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