A new ethical firestorm is engulfing Mayor de Blasio as questions are being raised about where he’s getting all the money to fund his cross-country presidential campaign trips.
It’s deja vu all over again for “On The Road Bill,” the mail-it-in mayor of New York City who has been galloping all over the country to test the presidential waters with a suspicious campaign cash box that’s raising lots of eyebrows.
“To me, that’s a real no-no,” Betsy Gotbaum of the Citizens Union said.
Gotbaum is questioning how de Blasio is raising money for his “Fairness PAC” – the political action committee that is allowing the mayor to dream about running the country.
“Is it the appearance of something wrong?” CBS2’s Marcia Kramer asked the government watchdog’s executive.
“I think it is something wrong. I think you do not take money from people who are doing business with or who want to do business with the city. I’m shocked,” Gotbaum replied.
The mayor, who has already been the subject of an investigation into an earlier political action committee, is now being asked to explain two new issues.
One is a fundraiser held in Boston on Friday by John Fish of Suffolk Construction.
The company is apparently so keen to expand into New York City that it hired disgraced former NYCHA chair Shola Olatoye, who de Blasio shockingly kept praising even after she was forced out in the agency’s lead paint scandal.
City Comptroller Scott Stringer subpoenaed the records because the buildings were first appraised at just $50 million – less than a third of the deal’s final price tag.
“When I feel that things are being done in secret, that we don’t get the data, when you have a huge purchase of $173 million… we use the power of subpoena to get the documents,” Stringer explained.
This time, instead of obfuscating his spirit of the law breaking, this dumbass and his greedy benefactors are doing all this in plain sight.