The city’s new campaign-finance law kicks in early next year, and insiders say local pols are in a gold rush to get those last big checks from lobbyists. Suri Kasirer, the city’s top-grossing lobbyist last year, says she’s been approached by several in recent weeks who have asked her to contribute the current $4,950 limit for citywide races. Under the new law, championed by Mayor Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, lobbyists will max out at only $400. “It’s absolutely annoying,” says Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. of the new limit. He netted $200,000 at a fund-raiser at Bloomberg’s townhouse earlier this month and is considering a run for Queens borough president.
Last Call for Cash-Grubbing Pols