Tom Golisano, the billionaire who had been throwing money at New York candidates via his self-funded PAC and made an unsuccessful attempt to defeat the term limits bill with newspaper ads, may be in some trouble. Politics on the Hudson reports that Ralph Mohr, Republican commissioner of the Erie County Board of Elections, is looking into irregularities in the distribution of funds from Golisano’s Responsible New York. Among other things, Mohr points to a $4,000 check from Responsible New York made out to Citizens for Fiscal Integrity “which listed the [Democratic State Senate candidate Joe] Mesi campaign on the memo line.” PACs are not allowed to coordinate directly with candidates. The Mesi campaign denies the charge; Golisano’s people haven’t responded.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 24, 2008