This just in from CapTon’s Nick Reisman:

Shortly after a high-profile JCOPE public hearing on donor disclosure rules for lobbying groups, Commissioner Ravi Batra was taken out of the building on a stretcher and loaded into an ambulance. He was sitting up and alert, and was taken to an area hospital. No details yet on what happened. Batraambulance

Batra was apparently the only JCOPE member who was asking any questions of the good government advocates who were testifying today.

Things got a bit heated when he asked about political campaigns “laundering” money through 501(c)(4)s – a clear reference to the pro-Cuomo Committee to Save New York – and was abruptly cut off by JCOPE Chair/Westchester County DA Janet DiFiore, who was hand-picked by the governor to head the ethics watchdog.

Batra, a Brooklyn attorney, is a controversial figure. His appointment to JCOPE by Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson was perhaps the most eyebrow-raising pick by legislative leaders and the governor to serve on the commission, although questions were raised about several selections.

His appointment angered a number of the reform-minded members of the Democratic conference, who were upset by his, shall we say, colorful, history.

Batra has been operating in Democratic circles – particularly legal/judicial circles – for some time.

He was connected to disgraced former Assemblyman/Brooklyn Democratic boss Clarence Norman, who was sentenced in 2007 to three to nine years behind bars for selling judgeships, and drew the attention of the Brooklyn DA, although he was never charged with anything himself.

Batra might be better known to some Capitol watchers as the attorney who initially defended former Sen. Ada Smith when she was accused of throwing coffee in the face of a staffer. (Smith’s defense was eventually taken over by Jim Long, who worked as a counsel to the Senate Dems).

Batra has also been a steady Democratic contributor and fundraiser – including to Cuomo.

Back in 2009, he organized an Election Day fundraiser for then-AG Cuomo along with supermarket mogul John Catsimatidis. (Remember: That was when a potential Cuomo-David Paterson primary was still a distinct possibility for 2010).