From the NY Post:
The Manhattan DA's office is investigating how a $750,000 personal campaign contribution that Mayor Bloomberg channeled through the state Independence Party during last year's mayoral election was handled by a top aide, sources said today.
The aide, John Haggerty Jr., served as a Bloomberg "volunteer involved in some of the activities" of Special Election Operations LLC, a hastily formed company that hired 200 to 300 workers to do poll watching on Election Day.
Sources confirmed to The Post that Haggerty Jr., and state Independence Party Chairman Frank MacKay are the focus of a probe launched last week by Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr.'s office. Both Haggerty and MacKay received subpoenas last Friday.
From the Daily News:
Aides to Bloomberg have said between 200 and 300 poll watchers were hired, which leaves the bulk of the $750,000 unaccounted for.
Haggerty did not register Special Elections Operations with the state Secretary of State's Office until Dec. 3 - a full month after the general election. The operation shares an address with an Albany consulting firm run by former Pataki administration aides.
Haggerty, a veteran Queens Republican operative, has been described as a Bloomberg campaign "volunteer." He was not paid for his work, but did receive a $120,000 post-election contribution from the mayor for his newly-formed political committee.
Haggerty, who also worked as a volunteer on Bloomberg's 2005 re-election campaign, played a key role last year in helping the mayor land the GOP ballot line last year when party leaders balked.