2012-12-28 / Letters

Nonprofits Should Get A Closer Look

Dear Editor:

State Attorney General Schneiderman's calling regulations to require that nonprofit organizations annually disclose their political spending on state and local races starting next year is courageous. Schneiderman will be ruffling the feathers of State Democratic Speaker Silver, Republican Senate leader Skelos, Senate Independent Democratic Caucus leader Klein and to a lesser extent both newly elected Democratic Senate minority leader Stewart-Cousins along with Republican Assembly minority leader Kolb and with members of their respective caucuses.

Council Speaker and 2013 NYC Mayoral wannabe Quinn along with her loyal Council caucus will not be happy with his actions. All will not want to see the relationship between their collective receipt of millions in "Pay for Play" campaign contributions with their programming of millions in member item pork barrel projects. By coincidence, these funds go to the very same private nonprofit organizations that are never under public scrutiny.

Schneiderman's bold move nicely compliments Governor Cuomo's early actions in signing an executive order banning any chief executive who runs a private nonprofit agency that receives state funding from earning more than $199,000 per year. This follows up from August 2011 when Governor Cuomo launched an investigation into the exorbitant salaries paid to chief executives of private nonprofit organizations. Before shedding any tears for leaders of private nonprofit institutions when they protest potential budget cuts from the City, State or Federal governments, check out their respective organization finances, especially salaries to their executive management team.

LARRY PENNER

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