Sunday, July 13, 2008

Pete unhappy with campaign finance law

Council Member Peter Vallone Jr., a Democrat of Queens, said he is proposing to amend the campaign finance rules so that political candidates would no longer be required to ask contributors to disclose their relationship with the city when making a donation.

Vallone Seeks Rollback on Campaign Rules

Under the rules, which began going into effect in February, donors who have business before the city are restricted to making political contributions that are only a fraction of what most citizens can contribute.

Mr. Vallone said he had been misled about a key provision of the rules, which requires candidates running for city offices to ask donors to sign legal paperwork at fund-raising events clarifying their business dealings with the city. He said the rule has a chilling effect on potential donors.

"The more we learn about this bill that we passed, the more we don't like it," he said. "To ask a donor to swear one way or the other over a hot dog is an outrageous requirement to place on a campaign committee."

Opponents of the legislation say it favors candidates who collect contributions from unions, which are exempt from the rules, and punish those who are supported by businesses and developers.


Can't live without that developer money, right Pete?

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

WAKE UP UNIONS AND MEMBERS - VALLONE AND KATZ BY THEIR
ACTIONS ARE NOT JUST LOOKING FOR MORE MONEY - ALSO FILLING A PROMISE TO DEVELOPERS, REAL ESTATE AND LANDLORDS TO PUT ANOTHER STAKE IN YOUR HEARTS.

FROM A NON-UNION MEMBER

Anonymous said...

SINCE I WILL BE BANNED AGAIN FOR POSTING STUFF LIKE THIS TO ASTORIANS.COM, LET ME POST THIS HERE AND HOPE THEY WILL READ IT.

QUOTE
http://queenscrap.blogspot.com/2008/07/pete-unhappy-with-campaign-finance-law.html

Opponents of the legislation say it favors candidates who collect contributions from unions, which are exempt from the rules, and punish those who are supported by businesses and developers.

Can't live without that developer money, right Pete?
UNQUOTE

I find it curious that, considering the caustic influence that developers have on our community with little things like overdevelopment of ugly buildings, overburdening the infrastructure (remember the blackout folks?) and sticking us with the tax burden (tax rebates, etc) so the developers can make a profit, to say nothing about the spreading stain of questionable grants I do not understand how his position benefits our community, or the quality of government.

I know that Peter Sr. is being investigated (something that this blog has not really examined surprise surprise)

The piece, taken from the NY Sun states:

QUOTE
“A spokesman for Ms. Quinn, Andrew Doba, said in a statement that the legislation gives average New Yorkers a greater voice in the political process and eliminates the perception of undue influence. "These reforms were debated extensively, and the bill passed by an overwhelming majority," he said.”
UNQUOTE

Why do you think he took this tack? Again, how does this benefit our community?

Frankly, I think this is a bit embarrassing to Astoria to have things posted like this, don’t you? Should we publicly comment, or simply sulk and say nothing because it will be impolite?

sunnyside of life said...

This idiot Vallone is the same moron that defended the rapist pervert, Dennis Gallagher. He's bad news for NYC.

Anonymous said...

PETER VALLONE JR. AND HIS SHOE POLISHED BLACK HAIR TRANSPLANTED PLUGS SHOULD BE SENT PACKING ASAP.

Taxpayer said...

"Mr. Vallone said he had been misled about a key provision of the rules, which requires candidates running for city offices to ask donors to sign legal paperwork at fund-raising events clarifying their business dealings with the city. He said the rule has a chilling effect on potential donors.

"The more we learn about this bill that we passed, the more we don't like it," he said. "To ask a donor to swear one way or the other over a hot dog is an outrageous requirement to place on a campaign committee.""

He is as utterly stupid as the Commissar's asshole. He publicly admits that he voted for a bill that he is only now beginning to understand.

Who has to swear "over a hot dog"? Is Vallone a moron?

He says he was "misled". Who did the misleading? He votes on bills that he later claims were misleading? What the hell is this man paid to do?

Frank Lloyd Crap said...

What great pic of Pete looking like the devil! The photographer should have blackmailed him with that shot.

Now get ready for Italian Girl to chime in about how mean spirited I am for criticizing Pete's appearance.

Anonymous said...

First, Peter Don "daddy" Vallone, the spawn of Charlie "the judge", begets Don Pete "junior" Vallone (and "northeast" Paul.

And what future plans do the offspring of Pete Jr. and Paul have in mind to continue the thieving dynasty of la famiglia di Vallone?

Anonymous said...

Just as I predicted - not a comment about this on astorians.com.

"Sushi Wars" and a thread on Thai food seems to have lively interest, though....

Anonymous said...

A group of bike nuts are posting on how great it is to lose parking spaces on Vernon. That got over 100replies.

Observation:

1. as usual, nothing in that community gets rabid attention (hell, any attention) unless the bosses say its ok

2. bike nuts do not reflect that community at all, but, any organized group has an outsized presence just because the majority of the people in Astoria are so damn passive.

Anonymous said...

Maybe we can read something about this in the weeklies.

Not.

Anonymous said...

The folks over at Pisssstilli are all slapping themselves on the back because they have to gut and redo their own apartments to make them livable.

Losers.

Anonymous said...

Pistilli? Aren't those the guys that have barbecues with the Vallones?

Isnt that where the community board is moving to?

Surprise! surprise!

How symbolic.

Anonymous said...

CB1 the community board from hell!

italian girl said...

Frank Llyod Crap:


No darling, on this one I agree.

(No need to be snotty.)