My friend, Joe, enlightened me decades earlier that for great service and a good table, the time to tip the maitre d' and then your waiter is when you first meet each. Does this apply elsewhere in New York?
Andrew Cuomo is the multi-faceted candidate, with a smiling face for everybody. Andrew Cuomo's face towards the People on his web site say Cuomo wants, "to eliminate pay to play campaign contributions." Another face of Andrew Cuomo looks at his donation forms, where "contributors [are asked] to sign a statement saying they have no “matter” pending with him. That rule “does not extend to attorneys representing persons or entities with matters before the NYS Attorney General’s office.”
"Contributors to Cuomo include a who's who of law firms and their attorneys. In addition to Boies, Patterson Belknap, Paul Weiss, Sullivan & Cromwell, Skadden Arps, Kramer Levin, Mayer Brown and O'Melveny & Myers are named in the article as contributors or event sponsors."
The People have Cuomo's and his contributing attorneys' assurances that said attorneys would never give money, if they thought it would benefit themselves or their clients, "We do not think that the attorney general of New York would make it any easier for lawyers or cut any slack for their clients because of the lawyers’ prior campaign contributions,” said Arthur Culvahouse Jr., the law firm’s chair, who was counsel to President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. “That was not our thinking in 2006 or now. Indeed, as officers of the court we would not contribute to a candidate if we thought that were the case.”
Cuomo wants to eliminate direct pay to play. The People are assured that no NY attorneys would ever act as cash conduits for their clients in an indirect pay to play scheme. Check out the NY court and lawyer reality show to see our honest judges and lawyers in action. and for the 98,750 exceptions to court/lawyer honesty.
Andrew, a smiling face for everybody? There will be no indirect pay to play through attorneys? What will my measly single vote buy?