Friday, February 22, 2013

Malcolm lived high life off campaign donors

From the Times Ledger:

State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) received more than 86,000 votes in November, which was more than enough to secure him another term in office considering the fact he ran unopposed in 2012.

But the lack of competition did not stop the senator from spending more than $100,000 worth of donor’s dollars last year on miscellaneous campaign expenses, including travel, meals and hotel stays, according to state finance records.

Lodging in cities such as Philadelphia and West Palm Beach, Fla., meals at swanky Manhattan restaurants and tens of thousands of dollars spent on airfare are just some of the items that showed up on the political heavyweight’s financial disclosure forms.

In all the categories specified by the state Campaign Finance Board, Smith spent a total of $270,000 throughout the year, with a little more than $6,000 as listed going to printing costs and another $105,000 for professional services.

In the “other” category, the southeast Queens politician spent $110,088 on expenses such as $1,270 billed to the Hilton Hotel in West Palm beach, $175 for a meeting at an Italian restaurant in Tampa and thousands in payments to American Airlines and Jet Blue.

Smith also documented nearly $30,000 in fund-raising expenses, including $23,378 for an annual golf outing at the Cold Springs Country Club in Huntington, L.I.

A spokeswoman for Smith declined to comment on his expenditures beyond the golf outing and a car expense.

12 comments:

Boomie Pinter said...

How about a law that states that any candidate that runs unopposed cannot get ANY campaign donations????

Anonymous said...

JJ. Where you been ?

Anonymous said...

Jessie Jackson Jr redux.

Anonymous said...

And Hollis used to be a first class neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

How this guy ever landed where he did is the question of the century.
He's an idiot. Listen to him speak...

Anonymous said...

Al Sharpton redux!
Or does he resemble Algonquin J. Calhoun
(Classic 50s "Amos 'n Andy" TV show shady lawyer)?

Anonymous said...

Hollis Hills may be a first class neighborhood.
Hollis is where the "brothers & sisters" now live.

Anonymous said...

Custom made suits..........You can dress them up..................

Joe Moretti said...

So let's list all of the recent or most recent Jamaica politicians that have had some kind of corruption/scandal or questionable activity going on:

Senator Malcolm Smith
Congressman Gregory Meeks
Councilman Rueben Wills
Assemblymember William Scarborough
Assemblymember Vivian Cook
Former Senator Shirley Huntley

Not a very good track record for Jamaica. No wonder Jamaica is in the shape it is. Greed, corruption, incompetence and morally deficient inmates running the asylum.

Anonymous said...

and now he's screaming for the Hurricane Sandy aid for Far Rockaway. this is a neighborhood that had minimal water damage and no fires during the hurricane. any thing to keep government money out of the hands of non-blacks.

Anonymous said...

How is he not in jail yet!? Anyone remember when he ripped off that elderly couple in his district (this story):

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/federal-probe-shows-senate-president-malcolm-smith-ripped-elderly-couple-60-000-article-1.445909

Anonymous said...

That list of shady Jamaica pols...looks like all "brothers and sisters" I see!