Saturday, September 26, 2015

DeBlasio happy to return the favor

From the Observer:

City Hall is open for business.

After the 12-year mayoralty of billionaire Mike Bloomberg, whose wealth afforded him level of insulation from campaign donors, a more transactional style of politics has taken hold through an organization Mayor Bill de Blasio set up to promote his policy agenda.

Since its inception on Dec. 12, 2013, the operation known as Campaign for One New York has accepted $3.87 million from dozens of real estate developers, unions and others who do business with City Hall. The setup allows the mayor to raise money outside the regulations of the city Campaign Finance Board.

The contributors to his group include individuals and firms seeking approvals for their projects, and they often donate through limited liability companies that obscure their identities.

In some cases, donors gave money right before or after getting a city-granted benefit, according to a POLITICO New York review of $1.71 million in individual contributions that poured in during the first six months of 2015.

At least 46 of 74 donors listed in the latest six-month filing — 62 percent of them — either had business or labor contracts with City Hall or were trying to secure approval for a project when they contributed, public records show.


(sarc) said...

Another "transparent" administration.

This is all just coincidence.

Nothing to see here, just keep moving along.

OBTW you voted the Comrade into office...

Anonymous said...

Unbelievable that the same people who shriek about the "dark money" in politics think this guy's heart is in the right place. This mayor embodies the very problem.

Anonymous said...

Right, only DEmocrats take corporate money. DEmocrats are just as Ayn Rand, supply side, corporation groveling as the Republicans. They are just the lighter side of the same coin.

JQ said...

The Blaz is a pure and proud hypocrite as with the rest of his faux liberal elected acquaintances in city council. They have no sense of decency or shame.

Jerry Rotondi said...

So De Blah-Blah has his own PAC type slush fund.
What else is new in politics?
You DO NOT get to be mayor of real estate city , without its major developers crowning you king.
So who has the real power here, King Wilhelm the 1st or his king makers?
Duh Blasio is really just a pawn in this chess game.
Only a candidate like 24 billion dollar Bloomberg does not need campaign contributions.
He can order a political office like a bespoke suit of clothes.

Anonymous said...

Grease my palm and I'll f--k in the tookas in return.