Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has faced multiple scandals in recent months, but he appears to finally be encountering some level of accountability.
Following the release of a state attorney general’s report linking him to a pattern of sexual misconduct, prominent Democratic Party fundraising platform ActBlue reportedly severed ties to the governor and removed his donation pages.
Latest response to damning report
ActBlue has emerged in recent years as a clearinghouse for fundraising efforts on behalf of progressive politicians and causes.
According to an Axios report published Thursday, the liberal organization cut its ties with Cuomo in response to the independent investigation report released days earlier by New York Attorney General Letitia James.
Donation pages for Cuomo’s campaign and an affiliated political action committee were later removed and replaced with error messages stating that they were no longer active and had either been removed or all donations had been processed.
ActBlue confirmed to Axios in an email statement that it had taken down both pages.
Of course, Cuomo has not relied on the online platform to attract donations. Instead, he has generally courted big-money financiers — but his removal from the platform represents the latest blow to his future political ambitions.
Cuomo faces widespread fallout
The decision by ActBlue might seem surprising, it was likely the only logical response to the damning details contained within the 165-page report.
James explained that the probe included interviews with 179 individuals and the review of more than 74,000 documents. Its conclusion was that Cuomo violated state and federal laws.
Despite that determination, James did not announce any criminal charges in conjunction with the report. She did suggest that the governor’s victims could pursue civil litigation and implied that the report could be used as the basis for criminal charges pursued by other prosecutors.
Albany County’s district attorney has already announced an ongoing investigation into the allegations would include the attorney general’s evidence to bolster that probe.
Meanwhile, state and national Democratic figures are increasingly calling on Cuomo to step down. The Democratic-controlled state legislature is preparing to move forward with an impeachment process that could lead to his ouster.