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Developers in Giving Spirit

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The Times reports that the real estate industry has been Andrew Cuomo's top donor as he preps for a run at the governor's office. The list of contributors reads like a who's who of controversy?Tishman Speyer, Boymelgreen, Ratner, Swig?and some are calling this is a conflict of interest for Cuomo, whose office has been flooded with complaints from disgruntled buyers against developers. Said a Cuomo spokesman, "Any suggestion that members of the real estate industry exert improper influence over this office's real estate finance unit is laughable and belied by the facts." [NYT]