- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York has some of “the most lax” campaign finance laws in the nation and he wants to prohibit candidates and former public officials from using campaign money for exclusively personal benefits.

The legislative proposal contained in his budget plan for the coming year would restrict using campaign contributions to expenses “directly related to elections or public duties.”

He is also calling for tighter campaign contribution limits, saying New York has some of the highest in the nation, “allowing a few wealthy donors to drown out any influence of smaller donors.”

He would subject limited liability corporations to corporate limits.

Cuomo says he will still push to establish public financing of elections.

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