Two civic groups said on Thursday that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg had violated the city’s ethics laws when he pledged to put Ronald S. Lauder on a charter revision commission to ensure that the billionaire cosmetics heir supports the mayor’s bid for a third term.
The groups, the New York Public Interest Research Group and Common Cause, made the charge in a complaint filed with the city’s Conflict of Interest Board.
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In their complaint, the groups said that “we believe that Mayor Bloomberg has used his position in a prohibited manner to obtain personal advantage in a quid pro quo deal with Ronald Lauder.”
Mr. Lauder’s support, they said, represents a “a great gain, given Mr. Lauder’s track record of spending millions to defend the current two-term limit.”
Meanwhile, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries is trying his best to prevent a third term for Bloomberg.