jcopeThe state’s lobbying and ethics regulators on Tuesday denied source of funding exemption requests from three organizations that sought to shield the identities of their donors.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics turned down source of funding exemption requests from the New York Civil Liberties Union, as well as Family Planning Advocates — a group that supports abortion rights — and the socially conservative New Yorkers For Constitutional Freedoms, which commissioners determine did not meet a monetary threshold to consider its application.

It’s not the first time JCOPE has denied donor-disclosure exemptions from the groups, which have sought to shield their donors from being disclosed.

The 2011 ethics law that created JCOPE required new disclosure of how non-profit organizations that seek to influence public opinion in the state are funded.

Officials at the organizations have argued that their organizations should have their donors shielded given the sensitive nature of their advocacy. The 2011 measure does include a provision that would carve out a disclosure exemption for groups whose donors could receive reprisals for their contributions.

In early 2014, the same three organizations, along with NARAL Pro-Choice New York, were denied donor disclosure exemptions along similar grounds.

But later in the hearing, a hearing officer determine the NARAL, New Yorkers For Constitutional Freedoms and the NYCLU can be excluded from donor disclosure following a challenge to JCOPE’s rejection of their applications.

Hearing officer George Pratt ruled at the time that JCOPE’s decision to not exempt the groups was “clearly erroneous” in part because lobbying regulators failed to produce “opposing papers” that contradicted the groups’ claims of harassment.

But on Tuesday, at least one JCOPE commissioner contended much of the harassment cited by the organizations was essentially “hearsay.”

The disclosure development, though, was just part of an occasionally tense JCOPE meeting that included some commission members raising concerns over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s influence with the four-year-old panel.

Frustrations with Cuomo’s involvement in JCOPE as the panel seeks a new executive director. The board’s previous executive directors, Ellen Biben and Letizia Tagliafierro, came to JCOPE with ties to the Cuomo administration.

JCOPE Chairman Daniel Horwitz, himself a Cuomo appointee, insisted the next executive director would be found after a “broad” search.

“We’re going to conduct a broad search,” he said. “We’re going to cast a wide net.”