A watchdog organization filed an ethics complaint against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday for allegedly using his campaign tools, including his huge email list, to promote the sale of books related to the pandemic .
According to the New York Times, Cuomo is a Democrat who received more than $4 million in compensation for his book “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic.” The report hinted that Cuomo might use national resources to help write the book, but the spokesperson declined to be interviewed by the New York Times.
However, Thursday’s ethics complaint filed by Washington’s Citizens’ Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) separately filed allegations that Cuomo’s campaign was used to promote book sales, which allegedly violated New York State law.
An ethics complaint filed with the New York State Election Commission stated: “New York Cuomo appears to promote the sale of Governor Cuomo̵
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The complaint details multiple instances in which Cuomo used its campaign mailing lists and social media accounts to promote the sale of the book.
An email was written in the name of Cuomo’s daughter and sent as “firstname.lastname@example.org”. He said: “Dad’s new book “American Crisis: Lessons from Leadership in the COVID-19 Pandemic” will be published this week.”
The email continued, “This book tells the story of how his team and all New Yorkers met when the pandemic hit our state.” The email then linked to the Amazon page of Cuomo’s book. “We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we do. You can order your copy here.”
The CREW complaint record said: “The bottom of the email clearly states that this was’Andrew Cuomo paid for New York, Inc..”
The complaint also listed several similar messages that appeared on Cuomo’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, and stated that these messages were released by the governor’s campaign committee “Cuomo for New York.”
The complaint added: “The mailing lists of campaigns are valuable assets, and these lists are regularly sold or rented out. By using their mailing lists to promote book sales, Cuomo of New York uses campaign funds for the personal benefit of the governor.” “Social media accounts are also campaign assets. By repeatedly using these accounts to promote the sale of books, Cuomo of New York uses campaign funds for Governor Cuomo’s personal benefit.”
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It also pointed out that the emails sent from the Cuomo campaign website and his social media posts were probably drafted and published by paid campaign consultants.
Cuomo has stated many times that he donated at least part of his book to charity, although it is not clear how much.
The complaint pointed out that the New York State Election Commission did not resolve this special situation. But it said that another advisory opinion written by the Election Commission-a former mayor may not use campaign tools to help write the book after leaving office-was sufficiently similar to CREW’s complaint against Cuomo.
CREW is a non-partisan organization on the surface and has a history of taking action against Republicans. Its “About” page touted: “On Donald Trump’s first day in the Oval Office, CREW sued him for violating the dismissal provisions of the U.S. Constitution.”
Last year, CREW was at the forefront of attacking Senator Richard Burr and former Senator Kelly Loeffler for allegedly improperly trading stocks related to the pandemic. Later, the transactions of the two and a few senators were scrutinized, and their transactions were also scrutinized.
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Noah Bookbinder, President and CEO of CREW, is a senior staff member of the Senate Judiciary Committee led by former Senator Patrick Leahy D-Vt.
Bookbinder said in a statement: “The law only applies if it applies to everyone, regardless of power or political party.” “Government. Cuomo has done business in multiple areas, as if the rules did not apply to him. This seems to be another example, this is an example that must be investigated.”
In a series of scandals, Cuomo has seen his public image attract attention in recent months.
He was accused of covering up a death in a nursing home due to the coronavirus, which many people claimed was due to New York’s policies in the early stages of the pandemic. Sexually harassing multiple women; working with senior leaders to create a toxic working environment for subordinates and journalists; and instructing state officials to give priority to those close to him, including his brother CNN host Chris Cuomo (Chris Cuomo) Get tested for coronavirus.
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Cuomo’s office denied that he touched any woman inappropriately. Denies forging the nursing home number; refuses to direct coronavirus testing to people near Cuomo; He said that any so-called toxic work environment is the result of high hopes for his office. Cuomo apologized for making any woman uncomfortable with oral speech.
The governor is currently facing impeachment efforts by the state legislature, and the New York State Attorney General Letitia James is investigating.
Joseph A. Wulfsohn of Fox News contributed to this report.