Press release from Dan Halloran:
After City Hall News reported this week that the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (DSCC) had a “secret contract” with the Parkside Group, guaranteeing the massive Manhattan lobbying firm 80% of the DSCC’s expenses, Council Member Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) denounced the “secret contract” and called on an Attorney General investigation.
Halloran said: “Where does the Democratic Party stop and the lobbyists begin? This 'secret contract' shows that ethics be damned, Democrats will take care of their friends first and worry about the results later.
“This corrupt bargain reverberates throughout New York State, and Northeast Queens is not exempted. The Senator-elect, Tony Avella, claims to be independent, but is already bought and paid for by his corrupt Albany Democratic cronies. This is extortion. I’d be surprised, but like millions of New Yorkers, I’ve seen this from the Albany Democrat crowd too many times before.
“The Parkside Group, which lobbies throughout New York State and has close connections to Democratic elected officials all over Queens, has been given a blank check in the form of this secret contract. And unwitting donors to the DSCC now realize 80% of their money went to a handful of downtown Manhattan lobbyists – and they still lost the State Senate.
“I am calling for the Attorney General to investigate this ‘secret contract’ for any illegalities. And I call on Senator-elect Avella to do right by his constituents and disown these backroom dealings.”
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