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Charter School Lobbyist Will Pay a Half-Million Dollar Fine

DFER, Teach for America, and Eva Moskowitz got some bad news from the New York Times today. Their key lobbyist in Albany’s recent debate over the charter school law, Patricia Lynch, just agreed to settle charges from Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s office that she’s misused her connections to former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi for the past several years. Under the terms of the settlement, Lynch will be barred from lobbying the comptroller for five years and her firm will pay a $500,000 fine for her misconduct; as Cuomo explained:

“Gifts, favors and campaign contributions are not a legitimate basis for government contracts or special treatment,” Mr. Cuomo said in a statement. “Lobbyists whose stock in trade is pay-to-play have no business appearing before government agencies that safeguard taxpayer dollars.”