Thursday, July 13, 2006

Suozzi questions Spitzer’s ethics

The Politicker writes that rival Democratic candidate for governor Tom Suozzi formally filed a complaint with the state Ethics Commission requesting a ruling on whether Spitzer’s role in a family financial trust created a conflict of interest with his job policing the state’s chartitable organization as Attorney General. If so, Suozzi wants Spitzer to resign as a trustee of the Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust.

WBNC reports that “The Ethics Commission is reviewing the matter, said commission spokesman Walter Ayres. The commission is prevented by law from publicly disclosing whether it is launching an investigation until it finds there is reasonable cause for charges.”

“In the complaint, Suozzi raised questions about the Spitzer trust investing more than $20 million in various hedge funds, some of whose executives then gave major contributions to Spitzer's Democratic campaign for governor.”

Categories: General, Governmental Ethics

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