A day after Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Moreland Commission said Albany is rife with a “pay to play” culture, he’s holding his largest fundraiser of the year tonight for his re-election bid.
Tickets range from $225 for standing-room only and $50,000 for “rock star” status, which pays for a table of 10 and three VIP passes.
The fundraiser also had a raffle for five seats to the event, saying “contribute at least $5 online by Nov. 26, and you will be automatically entered for a chance to be one of five winners to join us at the Governor’s Birthday Gala.”
That alone might violate state law: “Raffles, ‘50-50s’ or any other games of chance are illegal and not allowed for campaign finance purposes under NYS Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law.”
But Cuomo’s campaign protected against any violation.
In the fine print, it states that “No purchase, payment or financial contribution of any kind is necessary to enter or win this sweepstakes.”
If offered people who don’t want to contribute a way to enter the sweepstakes for free.
And the fact that the fundraiser gave out five tickets worth $5,000 is also no coincidence.
If the prizes exceeded $5,000, the campaign would have had to have filed with the Secretary of State.