- Associated Press - Thursday, October 29, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York’s ethics commission has proposed barring New York’s statewide elected officials from soliciting campaign contributions from people and companies likely to be subject to their enforcement powers.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics would end an exemption for the governor, attorney general, state comptroller and state legislators from 1998 restrictions imposed on other state workers.

That ruling, citing ethics law, prohibits state employees from soliciting political campaign funds from business entities or individuals with matters before them or units they supervise, either currently, in the past year or where they have “substantial reason” to believe they will in the foreseeable future.

A spokesman for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman declined to comment.

Offices of Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and Gov. Andrew Cuomo say they’re reviewing it.

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