As state lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo negotiate a $175 billion spending plan, elected officials in Albany are also holding fundraisers.

The New York Public Interest Research Group found 125 fundraising events are being held in and around the city of Albany between January and early April — typically the time lawmakers and the governor discuss how spending money that can effect a variety of special interests in the state.

The Albany fundraisers include events for individual candidates, political action committees and the campaign arms of legislative conferences.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo held a fundraiser himself in New York City at the St. Regis Hotel on Thursday evening, The New York Post reported.

Cuomo this year has proposed lowering contribution limits for elected offices and a ban on corporate contributions. He also wants a system of publicly financed campaigns.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie last week said he’s supportive of public financing for elections, but some members have raised concerns and the measure is yet to gain the needed majority of the Democratic conference to gain a floor vote.

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