Cahill Fundraises Off Moreland Controversy (Updated)
Republican candidate for attorney general John Cahill’s campaign on Wednesday sent out a fundraising email that ties incumbent Democrat Eric Schneiderman to the ongoing Moreland Commission mess.
In the email, Cahill’s fundraising team writes that Schneiderman has “done little to fight the corruption” — a claim the AG’s office would likely dispute, considering its high-profile corruption case brought against ex-state Sen. Shirley Huntley.
“While Eric Schneiderman continues to run from the press, I am running a hard-hitting campaign to defeat him this November,” Cahill’s campaign writes in the email. “If you’re sick and tired of corrupt politicians, support my campaign with a contribution of $10, $35, $50, $100, $250, or another amount to hold Eric Schneiderman accountable for his failures.”
The fundraising note is yet another sign that Republican candidates — including gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino and comptroller candidate Bob Antonacci — are trying to capitalize on the Moreland Commission controversy and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office’s involvement in the anti-corruption panel.
“As the Republican candidate for Attorney General, I will restore integrity, confidence, and action to this important office,” the email says. “New Yorkers WILL know my name because I will be their voice. Stand with me today so we can reclaim this office for the people of New York.”
In a dig at Schneiderman’s record, the email adds: “We wouldn’t need a Moreland Commission to root out public corruption if we had a real Attorney General!”
Cahill this month reported having raised $1 million since starting his campaign in May. Schneiderman reported raising $2.6 million over the last six months, and has already reserved two large chunks of advertising time ahead of the November elections.
Updated: Schneiderman campaign spokesman Peter Ajemian sent along a response pointing to the AG’s efforts to combat public corruption while in office.
“No Attorney General in New York State history has been as aggressive in cracking down on public corruption as Attorney General Schneiderman, who has in less than four years prosecuted forty politicians, government employees and nonprofit officials who abused the public trust — including legislators from his own party. Just last week, Attorney General Schneiderman sentenced a politically well-connected nonprofit leader to years in jail for looting state funds,” he said. “He’s done all this despite the absence of original jurisdiction covering public corruption — a statutory weakness he’s fought to change — and helped overcome that constraint through an innovative and unprecedented partnership with the State Comptroller, Operation Integrity. All of which leaves one to ask, simply: where on earth has John Cahill been on any of these issues?”
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