New York Gov. Cuomo accused of violating Hatch Act after state ads run in North Carolina

by The Wall Street Journal |  |  published on July 25, 2016

New York’s advertising campaigns promoting the state’s economic-development opportunities have faced criticism for their high costs and meager returns in job creation. Now they have encountered another challenge.

A former North Carolina Supreme Court judge has filed complaints with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel and a New York state ethics panel alleging that taxpayer-funded ads Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration has run in North Carolina violated the Hatch Act by interfering with the gubernatorial and legislative races in that state.

The commercials, which reference the state’s so-called transgender bathroom law, among policies by other states, “mention North Carolina and its leadership in a transparent attempt to criticize, interfere and affect the impending North Carolina elections,” according to the federal complaint filed by the retired judge, Robert F. Orr.

The Republican governor of North Carolina, Pat McCrory, is up for re-election this year, as is the state’s legislature. The Hatch Act prohibits federal, state and local employees from using their official authority to interfere with or influence the outcome of an election or nomination for office.

A spokesman for Mr. Cuomo, John P.L. Kelly, described the complaints as “frivolous” but didn’t address the allegation concerning any attempt to sway North Carolina’s elections.

  • Niko

    As a fourth generation NYC resident ,i am waiting to see ,cuomocunt and dibastardo behind bars soon from their filthy underhanded liberal ,socialist blood lust of vanquishing peoples rights.

  • conservmrs

    What a SHOCK! ANOTHER CORRUPT Democrat! NEVER VOTE for a Democrat again!!!!

  • Larry

    The Demo rats have been lying for years and will not be able to stop as it has become a part of their lives. There is only one out come of this destruction of American values and that is to destroy this corrupt practices in November elections. Last chance folks.

  • Rodney Steward

    More of the communist party that think they are above the law!

  • Francisco Machado

    Did Hillary fly with Obama on Air force One to an event promoting her for the Democrat nomination? Was that legal?

  • Jerry

    Another democrat thinking he can do whatever he wants to wether it’s against the law or not

    • Brenda

      Yes, corruption, fraud and lies, that is the only way democrats can win!!!!

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