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August 29, 2013

Duffy's home buy raises red flags

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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.

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