Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Finally, an honest tweeder
From the Daily News:
Controversial state Sen. Kevin Parker has raised eyebrows yet again with a fund-raising invitation that boasts: "I help you. You help me.”
"It would be simpler if he just said ‘quid pro quo’ on the invitation,” cracked Citizens Union executive director Richard Dadey.
Parker’s campaign sent out the formal invite in advance of his annual dinner-dance gala, which will be held Nov. 19 at Crystal Manor in Brooklyn.
It costs a minimum of $150 per person to attend, and supporters are asked to raise or contribute between $400 and $2,500 — or buy an ad in the program for $50 to $750.
The front of the invitation bears the slogan: “I help you. You help me. Together we build.”
Dadey, other government reformers and lobbyists who received the invite were stunned at its boldness.
“I find it breathtakingly straightforward,” said Susan Lerner of Common Cause/New York. “It gets to the heart of the deal from his point of view.”
Dadey said the language reinforces “the public’s perceptions that in order for you to represent me, I’ve got to pay up.”