Andrew Cuomo - New York
The only thing transparent about Gov. Cuomo’s administration is his obvious attempt to avoid disclosure.
Gov. Cuomo has faced criticism for his transparency record, stemming from his efforts as governor to block access to records from his tenure as governor and state attorney general. Gov. Cuomo and his administration have largely forgone the use of email for official business, instead opting to communicate by phone or via Blackberry PIN-to-PIN messages, which do not pass through a server and cannot be recovered once deleted.
Gov. Cuomo’s aides have also sought to withhold documents from his time as attorney general from public review, even removing records that had already been made public from the New York state archives. Gov. Cuomo has also appointed campaign donors and political allies to dozens of state positions.
- Elected in 2010; running for reelection in 2014
- Has gone to great lengths to avoid using e-mail for official business in order to avoid disclosure requirements
- Has appointed numerous political allies and donors to state positions and committees