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Corruption commission wants public funds to pay for campaigns

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's anti-corruption commission is proposing the use of public funds to help pay for political campaigns to combat Albany's notorious misconduct.

The commission created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo six months ago proposes many of the ideas Cuomo had sought, but which were rejected by the Legislature.

The commission also seeks lower limits for contributions, greater disclosure of legislators' private law firm clients, and far greater disclosure of who contribute to politicians and political parties.

Cuomo created the commission six months after the latest spate of corruption cases brought by federal prosecutors. In all, about 30 public officials have been involved in corruption cases over the last seven years.

The commission is now in the hands of Cuomo. He is expected to seek a deal with the Legislature.

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