N.Y. Atty General probes digital pricing

NEW YORK, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The Warner Music Group Friday said it was subpoenaed by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer as part of his investigation into digital music pricing.

N.Y. cinemas add hearing/sight aids

NEW YORK, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has struck a deal with 140 cinemas across the state to offer enhancements for deaf and blind film fans.

UPS stops delivery of Internet cigarettes

ALBANY, N.Y., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- United Parcel Service has agreed to stop delivering cigarettes ordered on the Internet throughout the United States as part of a crackdown on contraband.

N.Y. charges over wrong racing weights

ALBANY, N.Y., Sept. 21 (UPI) -- The state of New York has prepared a 190-page indictment alleging a group of New York Racing Association officials lied about the weights horses carried.

Spitzer says payola probe has expanded

ALBANY, N.Y., Sept. 18 (UPI) -- New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer says his investigation of radio payola has expanded to include several radio chains and record labels.

Plan would ease power plant pollution rule

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Pollution controls on older power-generation plants would be eased under regulations drafted by the Bush administration, The Washington Post reported.

New York puts smackdown on smackfest

NEW YORK, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer says the parent company of a popular hip-hip radio station will pay $240,000 for staging "Smackfest."

FCC investigates payola scandal

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Federal Communications Chairman Kevin Martin Monday said he has ordered an official investigation into the radio/recording industry payola scandal.

How payola helped Celine Dion

LAS VEGAS, July 28 (UPI) -- Documents released in the widening payola scandal say Celine Dion's record company launched an elaborate bribery scheme to get her back on U.S. radio in 2003.

New York politicians team up on terror

ALBANY, N.Y., June 1 (UPI) -- Republican and Democratic leaders in New York State have teamed up to push through new anti-terror laws.

AIG bracing for N.Y. civil complaint

NEW YORK, May 25 (UPI) -- American International Group Inc. is bracing for a New York state civil complaint that accuses the insurance giant of bad accounting and deception.

AIG officials facing possible indictments

NEW YORK, May 20 (UPI) -- New York state prosecutors presented evidence Friday to a grand jury investigating possible criminal conduct by leaders of American International Group Inc.

FBI investigating U.S. insurance companies

WASHINGTON, May 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation will review insurance companies to see if the industry is plagued by accounting problems, the New York Times reports.

U.S. greenhouse-gas efforts improving

WASHINGTON, April 22 (UPI) -- A U.S. government report on greenhouse-gas emissions by domestic companies shows more are reporting and more emissions-reduction projects are being launched, but critics doubt such programs will reduce carbon dioxide levels.

Ex AIG chief to take the 5th in SEC probe

NEW YORK, April 11 (UPI) -- Lawyers for the former chief of the American Insurance Group said Monday Maurice Greenberg will not answer any questions about alleged accounting problems.
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Eliot Spitzer
Silda Wall Spitzer, wife of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, looks on while her husband announces his resignation from office effective on March 17, 2008, on March 12, 2008. Spitzer is resigning over revelations that he has paid for prostitution. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)

Eliot Laurence Spitzer (born June 10, 1959) is an American lawyer, former Democratic Party politician, and political commentator. He is currently the co-host of In the Arena, a talk-show and punditry forum broadcast on CNN. He served as the 54th Governor of New York from January 2007 until his resignation on March 17, 2008 in the wake of the exposure of his involvement as a client in a high-priced prostitution ring. Prior to being elected governor, Spitzer served as New York State Attorney General.

Spitzer was born and raised in The Bronx, to real estate tycoon Bernard Spitzer. He attended Princeton University for undergraduate studies and then Harvard Law School for his Juris Doctor. It was there that he met his future wife, Silda Wall. He went on to work for the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, and subsequently the Manhattan District Attorney's office to pursue organized crime. He launched the investigation that brought down the Gambino family's control over Manhattan's garment and trucking industries. In 1992, Spitzer left to work at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and, later, Constantine and Partners.

In the 1998 election, Spitzer defeated incumbent Republican Dennis Vacco by a slim margin to become New York State Attorney General. His campaign was financed by a controversial multi-million dollar loan from his father. As attorney general, Spitzer prosecuted cases relating to corporate white collar crime, securities fraud, internet fraud and environmental protection. He most notably pursued cases against computer chip price fixing, investment bank stock price inflation, predatory lending practices by mortgage lenders, fraud at American International Group, and the 2003 mutual fund scandal. He also sued Richard Grasso, the former chairman of the New York Stock Exchange over a compensation package perceived to be excessive.

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