Mon, Jul 16, 2012
Misuse of public money sure to resurface as issue in 2013
New York City Comptroller John Liu has eliminated himself as a serious contender for Mayor due to the campaign finance scandal in which he was caught using so called “straw-donors” and failed to supply the City Election board with complete and accurate information. New York Public Advocate Bill deBlasio was involved in campaign finance maneuvers far more egregious as he used taxpayer money to line his campaign war chest in a complex “pay to play” scam.
which is sure to resurface when deBlasio runs for Mayor in 2013. As a Brooklyn City Councilman, deBlasio secured $7 milion in taxpayers funds for 31 non-profit organizations who then kicked-back a stunning $200,000 in campaign contributions to his campaign for Public Advocate. deBlasio than applied for and got the 6-to-1 match in public funds for these contributions- raking in an incredible $600,000 in taxpayer money.
Instead of being indicted and tried, deBlasio went on to be elected Public Advocate where he has largely carried the water of the Public Employees Unions who’s rich compensation and benefit packages are bankrupting the City. deBlasio actually worked as a lobbyist for a union-funded front group, the Working Families Party, while serving on the very same City Council he was lobbying.
Once again deBlasio demonstrates that he has neither the integrity or the honesty to be Mayor. Mis-use of public funds in a raw “pay-to-play” scheme like this is not befitting a Mayor of New York City.
Fri, Jun 15, 2012
Former New York Public Advocate Mark Green has it right.
Bill deBlasio got caught working as a lobbyist, lobbying the New York City Council when deBlasio was actually a member of the City Council!
How can you be a lobbyist and a City Councilman at the same time?
Making it worse, it was a front for the Public Employee’s Union paying deBlasio to be a lobbyist!
Public Employee Unions have big business before the City Council.
Who did deBlasio represent, the taxpayers who elected him or the Public Employees unions who were paying him?
Maybe that’s why the Public Employees and their front the Working Families Party got caught providing campaign services at discount prices to deBlasio’s campaign essentially illegally subsidizing the cost of deBlasio’s election.