From the Daily News:
Money talks in politics and the loudest voices in the City Council belong to powerful unions, major developers and big landlords.
Council members have received some $18 million in campaign contributions since 2006 as they've prepared to run for re-election or plotted bids for mayor, controller, public advocate or borough president, a Daily News analysis found.
The biggest chunks came from those who do - or want to do - business with the city: public employee unions, special interest groups, developers, law firms and contractors.
As head of the land use committee, councilwoman and controller candidate Melinda Katz (D-Queens), insists contributions from developers don't compromise her.