Former Senator Jailed For Tax Evasion Raising Campaign Cash For Cuomo

Former GOP senator Nick Spano, a felon convicted of federal tax evasion in 2012, is hosting a fundraiser next month for the re-election campaign of Governor Cuomo.  Spano spent over a year in jail for his crime, as well as violating the terms of his release, and was released last spring.

Via State of Politics:

A former Republican state senator and GOP power broker who pleaded guilty to federal tax evasion in 2012 is co-hosting a high-dollar fund-raiser next month in support of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s re-election effort, Capital Tonight has learned.

Adding insult to injury, the ex-lawmaker in question – Nick Spano – hails from Westchester County. That’s home to County Executive Rob Astorino, who is widely expected to announce his challenge to Cuomo this week, and is badly trailing the Democratic governor in raising campaign cash.

In an email obtained by CapTon, Spano asks “friends” to join him at an April 3 “Hudson Valley for Cuomo Reception” at the Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown that will be co-hosted by his lobbying firm, Empire Strategic Planning.

The email includes an attached invitation to the event, for which ticket prices start at $1,00 per person and climb to $25,000 for “sponsorship levels with host committee reception.”

Spano writes that, “Cuomo has made a terrific difference in moving New York forward during the past three years.”  He adds that this “is our chance to show him we are on-board.”

Spano previously supported a Democrat back in 2009 who was running against Rob Astorino.  Astorino is widely rumored to be the GOP opponent running against Cuomo for governor this year.  Spano supported his Democrat opponent because he viewed Astorino as an “extremist.”

The irony of a convicted felon referring to Astorino as an extremist I’m sure is lost on both Spano and Governor Cuomo.

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