From the Village Voice:
For the second year in a row, Mayor Bloomberg has quietly pumped more than $1 million into the state's Independence Party -- without disclosing it as part of his own campaign spending.
Campaign finance records show that Bloomberg wrote two checks for $600,000 apiece last fall to the Independence Party's Housekeeping account, as reported by the Daily Politics' Elizabeth Benjamin. Both checks were deposited just a few days before the general election. The bulk of the money - a whopping $750,000 - was routed by the party to an Albany campaign outfit called Special Election Operations LLC.
The checks are all personal donations by Bloomberg - not from his own campaign. This allows the billionaire mayor to take advantage of the sky's-the-limit rules that apply to contributions to so-called housekeeping accounts. For a guy who spends a lot of time complaining about the free-wheeling ways of Albany pols, the mayor sure knows his way around the political ropes.