Monday, August 10, 2015
More than 92% of Lynch's contributions are from outside district
Italicized = bundlers
Underlined = horse carriage
bold = in district contributions
Other information on donors of note:
Rebecca Lynch is a 27-year old former registered lobbyist active from the age of 22, from 2010 through 2014; you might describe her as a lobbyist's lobbyist based on her previous employment profile. Her main clients have been various unions and organized labor, particularly the Teamsters, which is not surprise given the fact that her father, Kevin P. Lynch, is the Organizing Director of the IAM (International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO) District 15. One of her other important clients was Major League Soccer ; she, along with the principal her former firm Beaudoin & Co., Heather Beaudoin, were responsible for trying to steal over 15 acres of parkland to build a soccer stadium on the Fountain of the Planets in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Direct contributions from her former place of employment total $500, with another $2,730 bundled by a relative of one of her co-workers.
Lynch was also elected a District Leader in 2011, again not a surprise given that her mother is Bernice Siegal, a Queens County Civil Court judge and Queens Democratic Party regular. She remained a district leader in eastern Queens until 2014, when she moved out of the district to take a job with the DeBlasio administration in the Community Affairs Unit.
Given her deep union and political ties, it's not a surprise that she received considerable funding from union sources; however, the breadth of those contributions is staggering: more than 50% of all of Lynch's contributions comes from labor sources, with 46.2%, or $36,450, comes from union political action committees (PACs).
Another bundler, Stephen Malone, the spokesperson for the Horse and Carriage Association, handed her 20 contributions totaling $1,045. Given the bad blood between the horse carriage trade, who are represented by the Teamsters, and the DeBlasio adminstration, Lynch, who is supported by both the Teamsters/horse carriage lobby and the Progressive Caucus, cannot be in a very comfortable position right now.
Lynch's contributions from the district are below 25% in terms of numbers, but that masks the real insult to the residents of the 23rd District: 7.7% of her contributions, or $6,082 are from the district, a paltry sum that makes the County candidate, Barry Grodenchik, who received only $8,297, or 15.4%, of his contributions from the 23rd look like a local hero in comparison (which is a joke in itself). Without her father's contribution of $2,000 and the $446 she contributed herself, Lynch's take from the 23rd drops to $3,636, or 4.6%, and most contributions are $25 or less.
Lynch is clearly not a candidate with strong support from residents of eastern Queens, which is not a surprise considering her politics are out of step with the largely moderate, non-union Democrats who live there. And, like Grodenchik, who was also a political lobbyist for many years, it's totally inappropriate for these types of candidates to run, as they are doing it to represent their clients, not the voters of the Council District.
A few examples of donations with connections to Lynch's lobbyist and brief government employment past (and there are many):
Lynch has received more contributions through bundling than any other candidate by far, totaling $4,065.
While claiming that $22,406 of her contributions are eligible for public matching funds, like most of the other candidates running in this special election - with the exception of Bob Friedrich and Satnam Parhar - she has not yet qualified for nor received any public funding whatsoever.
As stated previously, many (15.3%) of Lynch's contributions come from either co-workers or political "friends" who work for various politicians or agencies, or directly from other lobbyists or individuals doing business with the city.
Constantinople and Vallone, the lobbying arm of the Vallone political empire (or what's left of it) contributed $250; one of the top lobbyists for AirBnB, Max Pomeranc, also contributed $250.
Contributions from employees of Hilltop Public Solutions, a pro-Democratic political consulting firm loaded with former DeBlasio staffers, totaled $850.
Finally, Lynch received $350 from Debbie and Naji Almontaser, who added to the already considerable controversy surrounding her campaign this week with allegations of anti-gay baiting of another candidate in the 23rd Council District race, Ali Najmi. Debbie Almontaser, who has been seen cosying up to Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and other members of the Progressive Caucus, was the former principal of a Muslim charter school who sued the city for violating her right to free speech and "conspired to deny her the opportunity to regain her position as principal" of the school, the Khalil Gibran International Academy.
So, dear readers: Draw your own conclusions as to whether this candidate deserves to be the next Councilmember from the 23rd Council District.