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U.S. Attorney Investigating Cuomo’s Links to Major Donor

Is the New York governor and 2020 hopeful in legal jeopardy? A U.S. attorney investigation may touch on Cuomo's finances.

By NTK Staff | 05.15.2018 @4:00pm
U.S. Attorney Investigating Cuomo’s Links to Major Donor

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) may find himself in legal jeopardy as U.S. investigators examine donations given to his campaign and grants he handed out to those donors, according to the Albany Times Union.

The report hints that the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office is investigating the links between Cuomo and Crystal Run Healthcare.

The Times Union‘s reporting reveals that the governor received a significant amount of campaign donations from Crystal Run Healthcare. Then, Cuomo’s Department of Health gave $25.4 million in grants to the health facility:

Crystal Run, its executives, their spouses or company doctors have given at least $400,000 to Cuomo’s campaign, with most of that coming in a flurry of 10 donations of $25,000 apiece that were made at a Cuomo fundraiser in October 2013.

The Times Union reported in 2017 that seven of those $25,000 donors had not made a contribution in a New York election for at least a decade before giving the large and identical sums to Cuomo, according to state Board of Elections records. The story last year noted that the state Department of Health had awarded $25.4 million in March 2016 to build two Crystal Run health care facilities, despite both having already broken ground about six months earlier.

On its site, Times Union has put together a timeline of the ongoing scandal.

Cuomo may have 2020 aspirations, but those ambitions could be crushed by continuing allegations of corruption surrounding the governor. Cuomo’s name popped up 136 times in the corruption trial of Joseph Percoco earlier this year.

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