Andrew Cuomo Ordered to Return $5.1M Pandemic Book

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Tuesday, New York’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics ordered former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to pay the state $5.1 million, the total proceeds that he earned from his 2020 pandemic memoir, American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic.

The ethics panel ruled that Cuomo must turn over the proceeds to Attorney General Letitia James, whose office investigated him for COVID deaths and sexual harassment allegations which ultimately led to his resignation.

David McNamara, the Senate Republican appointee who drafted the resolution, claims Cuomo “lacked the legal authority to engage in outside activity and receive compensation in regard to the book.

“Gov. Cuomo is not legally entitled to retain compensation … for any form of outside activity related to the book,” McNamara said.

However, Cuomo plans to fight the decision in court. His lawyer called the panel’s ruling illegal.

“JCOPE’s actions today are unconstitutional, exceed its own authority and appear to be driven by political interests rather than the facts and the law,” said Jim McGuire, Cuomo lawyer. “We’ll see them in court.”

The matter is also complicated by the fact Cuomo donated $500,000 of the book’s proceeds to charity and put another $1 million in a trust for his daughters.

The panel says Cuomo must pay the state $5.1 million within 30 days.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.


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  1. This is very promising news. Scum like him deserves punitive damages like this, but it so rarely happens. Everyone gets excited that he’s forced out of office, but no one thinks about the fact that all that means is he retires to his millions and feels no real pain other than his pride. Next, there needs to be a class-action suit against him by the families of the elderly he killed.

  2. I’m no Cuomo fan–the class action suit by the families of the elderly killed in nursing homes is intriguing–but let’s quickly review the facts here.

    State ethics panel cleared him to write book. He wrote it and earned over five million bucks, then they reneged on their pre-clearance and demanded all the cash. What statute or constitutional provision grants them that power?

    You don’t have to be a good person to deserve your day in court. Mr. Cuomo has a case.

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