From the Daily News:
Sometimes being on the New York City Council is like being Santa Claus - but with tips.
Three-quarters of the Council’s 51 members got campaign contributions from employees or board members of the nonprofits they helped bankroll with taxpayer money.
A Daily News review of campaign finance and other city records found:
- City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) earmarked $150,000 for the Emerald Isle Immigration Center, whose board chairman raised at least $10,900 for her abortive mayoral campaign.
- Councilman John Liu (D-Queens) sponsored or co-sponsored $37,500 in Council funds for the Chinese-American Planning Council. He picked up $9,713 in checks from employees, board members and their spouses (up to $20,213 with matching funds).
It all adds up to hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from groups that got millions in taxpayer cash - more than $200,000 in contributions, or up to $467,000 with public matching dollars.
And that's a conservative estimate.