Dick Dadey, the executive director of watchdog group Citizens Union, said the sale is an example of the flaws in New York’s lobbying disclosure rules.
“When a significant financial transaction takes place between an elected official and a lobbying entity, transparency in democracy cries out for such disclosure,” Dadey said. “The lieutenant governor is entitled to a level of privacy, but it does change things when it involves a lobbying entity.”
Parker wouldn’t concede as much, blasting the Times-Union’s report last week as “just an example of why people don’t want to go into public life.”
She has a point. It must be embarrassing to have such a shady deal exposed by some pesky newspaper. But for those of us with an interest in honest government, such disclosures are necessary.