Good government advocates this evening speaking at a public hearing of the Moreland Commission hope the anti-corruption panel commits to an old adage: Follow the money. but the advocates also revived the heated debate in Albany and pushed for publicly financed campaigns

“We’re asking the commission to both follow the money and to propose systematic reforms like publicly financed elections like the New York City system,” said Jessica Wisnewski of Citizen Action.

But there was also a call to close the so-called LLC loophole which allows individuals to give unlimited donations to politicians through limited liability corporations. The main benefactor of the loophole is Gov. Andrew Cuomo — the creator of the commission. So far this cycle he’s received $625,000 from one person: Developer Leonard Litwin.

“When elected officials get comfortable asking money from people who expect something in return the legal between legal and illegal is very thin,” said NYPIRG researcher Bill Mahoney.

The commission of district attorneys and other legal experts was created by Cuomo after lawmakers failed to approve any anti-corruption laws following a string of arrests of elected officials this year. Already lawmakers are pushing back against panel saying they won’t provide any more information on their outside income than required. Commission co-chair Kathleen Rice wouldn’t comment on the letter.

I tried asking Rice, the Nassau County DA, if she had any reaction to the Legislature declaring last week it wouldn’t divulge any more information on outside income or their law clients than was legally required.

“Well we’re very happy to be here in Albany accepting testimony and this hearing will speak for itself thank you very much,” Rice said in response.

Cuomo this week defended the commission and its power of subpoena over the Legislature.

“This effort is all about restoring the trust and restoring peoples’ faith in government and I think the more information the better and I think that’s what Moreland is getting at,” Cuomo said.

About 100 people showed up to the public hearing Tuesday evening in Albany including protestors for public financing of campaigns. More meetings are scheduled across the state and a preliminary report is due out in December.