From the Morning Memo:

A coalition of liberal groups in a letter to be released on Monday called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers to no longer accept real-estate donations as an extension of rent control for New York City looms next year.

“As the housing crisis spirals out of control, voters want to know: whose side are you on?” wrote the groups, which include the Working Families Party, the Democratic Socialists of America and a host of tenants groups.

“We, the undersigned groups, call on you to reject any and all campaign contributions from all donors tied to the real estate industry from this day forward, and to prioritize passing comprehensive campaign finance reform to ensure tenants’ voices aren’t drowned out by big money.”

At the same time, the groups also pushed for an end to the ability of one donor to give virtually unlimited funds through a web of limited liability companies, commonly referred to as the LLC loophole while also enacting a system of publicly financed campaigns.

The letter pointed to the now-defunct Independent Democratic Conference and the loss of all but two of those lawmakers in the state Senate Democratic primaries as a cautionary tale.

“From the IDC to the the U.S. Congress, we saw Democrats and Republicans that side with landlords lose their seats to candidates that rejected tainted contributions from the real estate industry,” the groups wrote in the letter.

Democrats next year will have control of both chambers of the Legislature and are expected to pass measures like public financing of campaigns and other campaign finance reforms.

Cuomo has been supportive of the bills and has said a Democratic-controlled state Senate will enable their passage.

“For years the governor has proposed public financing and closing the LLC loophole, while also twice strengthening rent laws, ‎creating a tenant protection unit and enacting an unprecedented $20 billion affordable housing and anti-homelessness program,” said Rich Azzopardi, a spokesman for Cuomo.