Sunday, November 13, 2016

A new form of tweeeding

From NY1:

The City Council is poised to make changes to the city's campaign finance system, including regulating nonprofit groups started by elected officials. But the Council is also preparing to consider legislation that some advocates say only benefits the lawmakers themselves. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.

The City Council is already looking ahead to next year's municipal election.

Late Thursday, it released details of 14 bills to overhaul the city's campaign finance system.

One prohibits large donations from people who do business with the city to nonprofit groups founded by elected officials.

It is a clear reprimand of the mayor's now-defunct group, The Campaign for One New York, which raised thousands of dollars from people who had city contracts. The group is now the subject of a federal investigation.

"The Campaign For One New York obviously raised concerns for a lot of us, but it was operating within the law. So we want to correct the law," said City Councilman Daniel Garodnick of Manhattan.

The other bills change how the city's Campaign Finance Board oversees elections and how elected officials themselves can spend campaign cash.

"I think what we have is a package of really sensible legislation," said City Councilman Brad Lander of Brooklyn.

For instance, one bill would allow elected officials to spend campaign money on "expenditures to facilitate, support or otherwise assist in the execution or performance of the duties of public office."

"That lets you use those resources for public purposes like food at community planning and public meetings," Lander said.

Advocates have questioned whether this opens the door to more freewheeling spending reminiscent of Albany.


JQ LLC said...

This legislation is the same, it's the semantics are different. So whatever money they squander on luxury dining or renting space in let's say, the niche areas of Manhattan, goddamn Brooklyn and let's also say Queens, I going to assume at that new art deco library in Hunters Point and the art warehouse entombed Steinway Mansion.

These people have no sense of decency, no conscience or a fucking soul. They have not learned a damn thing from 5 days ago. No one is taking this shit anymore. But might as well live it up while they can. As they are secure in the fact that a big majority of people makes no effort to inform themselves or even go to the polls.

You get the government you deserve.

Anonymous said...


In fact, the odds of these filthy, subhuman public parasites (of continual——continuous!) winning are even better than the crooked odds of the 'House' at the foreign owned, Resorts World racetrack that continues to blight South Ozone Park like a movie set landscape depicting World War III (good job Addabbo and Cuomo)!

M. How said...

JC LLC said: "These people have no sense of decency .... As they are secure in the fact that a big majority of people makes no effort to inform themselves or even go to the polls."

I don't think people are uninformed about who is running anymore -- not after this Presidential election. However, we will be stuck with the same old, same old mayoral politician unless someone with the ability to grab the public's attention enough that the Democratic machine will support someone other than what we have.

If no one is able to fight the entrenched, we can only vote for what we have. Maybe we should call Trump and ask him if he can dig up someone who will fight for the working class in the five boroughs.

Anonymous said...

The fact of the matter is people in NYC are lazy pure and simple. Take a look at Trump supporters - can you see that here?

No, the pols show up at a senior center and let some lonely senior take their picture with them, make a bogus civic and support it with attention and funds for mailings and coffee, go over to a school and get a cafeteria painted and take a picture with kids - and all the graft and corruption and destruction of our communities and the arrogance these people have for us is forgotten.

When you try to bring in someone from outside the little world of Queens to bring in new perspectives, people get defensive.

The fact is that as NYC is apart from the country, Queens is a part from the rest of the city. Sooner or later, as the rest of the country inches forward, things will get better. But here you can forget it for the foreseeable future.

community leader said...

Queens is a fourth rate borough. Get used to being screwed further and deeper.
I should have run for city council 35 years ago when the local Dem machine wanted to first sponsor me for a run as district leader. now I could have joined those crooks in city hall and sop up the gravy.
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
Maybe that's the ticket.