From the Daily News:
In Brooklyn, it's give to get - and Democratic boss Vito Lopez does them both.
Developers, architects, accountants, security firms and land surveyors have all lined up to write checks for Lopez - and all have won lucrative work from the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Center, the taxpayer-funded nonprofit Lopez controls.
In the last three years, companies doing business with Ridgewood Bushwick have donated $51,000, either directly to Assemblyman Lopez' campaign or the Kings County Democratic Committee, records show.
Often the checks are written just before or after the donor got work with RBSCC.
Lopez has steered more than $430,000 in pork barrel grants to Ridgewood Bushwick, the non-profit empire he founded that's run by his girlfriend.
The charity and its affiliates have $100 million in state and city contracts to build affordable homes, provide meals to seniors and run after-school programs.