From the NY Post:
In apparent violation of the law, a top adviser to Gov. Paterson's now-ended campaign provided thousands of dollars' worth of services to the governor for free while lobbying him for the controversial Aqueduct casino contract.
Bill Lynch, a prominent Democratic operative and longtime Paterson associate, was signed to a $7,500-a-month contract by would-be Aqueduct operator SL Green on Nov. 1 for the purpose of "assisting in the venture's bid for a license to operate the video lottery facility at Aqueduct," a copy of the contract filed with the Public Integrity Commission (PIC) shows.
But from Nov. 1 until early February, when Lynch abruptly left SL Green's employ, he regularly gave "free" campaign advice to the governor, who made the final decision on awarding the Aqueduct contract, Lynch and Paterson campaign manager Richard Fife conceded.
A state ethics panel ruled in 2002 that "gifts" of services by a registered lobbyist to a person whom he or she is lobbying were illegal.
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