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  • State lawmakers have used a variety of legislative tools to steer millions in government money to nonprofit groups with whom they’re closely affiliated
  • Such relationships are at the root of scandals that have ensnared at least eight state legislators in New York
  • State ethics bodies consider such relationships a conflict of interest only if an official derives direct financial benefit
  • An increasing number of legislators are also asking corporations to donate to favored nonprofit groups
  • Bills limiting lawmakers’ ability to steer public funds to specific nonprofit groups have been defeated, as have measures requiring them to disclose close ties to nonprofits