Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Bloomberg made big donation to corrupt ex-gov

From the NY Times:

It turns out that Rod R. Blagojevich, the impeached former governor of Illinois, flamboyant reality television star and billboard for the helmet hairdo, had an unexpected admirer in New York City: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

During Mr. Blagojevich’s corruption trial on Monday, it was revealed that just days before the 2006 election, Mr. Bloomberg gave him a $25,000 campaign donation, one of the largest that Mr. Blagojevich received for his successful re-election bid that year.

What, exactly, inspired this last-minute burst of out-of-state generosity?

Aides said the two men had much in common: advocacy for tougher gun laws, abortion rights and the importation of prescription drugs from Canada.

They also shared something else: Bradley Tusk, a top Bloomberg aide who went on to serve as deputy governor to Mr. Blagojevich. He held that job at the time Mr. Bloomberg sent his check.

Mr. Tusk later returned to New York and ran Mr. Bloomberg’s 2009 re-election campaign.


Anonymous said...

Birds of a feather. Flock 'em!!!

Gary the Agnostic said...

Shocking. How terribly, terribly shocking.

John O'Hare said...

The poor one corrupts our system by selling his power for money.

The rich one corrupts by using his unlimited money to buy the power he craves.

Is there any difference?

Cal Kulator said...

Is there any difference?

I'll take a stab at that one! A few billion dollars???

Anonymous said...

Why doesn't Bloomberg just buy himself some third world country and become an instant saint to those people?

John from Conn said...

I would love to see Bloomy on The Apprentice next season!

Fonso said...

Bloomberg number 1 like Sainta George Bush ! He is doing great things for the new peoples. We can vote soon.

Anonymous said...

I would love to see Bloomy on The Apprentice next season!

Yeah right. He'd fire Trump.

Phil Specter said...

They don't let them wear toupees in jail.