Can politicians create laws and fundraise at the same time?

State lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have held or plan to hold a combined 176 fundraisers since the start of the 2014 legislative session, which began Jan. 1, according to the New York Public Interest Research Group.

NYPIRG found that during this time, the Senate was or is scheduled to be in session for just over 58 days and 38 nights, while the Assembly is in town for 61 days and 41 nights.

The number of political fundraisers isn’t necessarily surprising over a sixth-month period. After all, this is an election year.

Nevertheless, NYPIRG points to the governor’s own words on overhauling the state’s political contribution laws:

“New York must severely limit campaign contributions from public contractors and lobbyists … in order to end the ‘pay to play’ practices of Albany.”

229530839 2014-06-13FlagDayAlbanyMoneyMachine by Nick Reisman