Like Hiillary de Blasio gets a pass on sleazy behavior | NY Post Editorial

New Yorkers got yet more proof this week that their political system is rigged.

A day after FBI Director James Comey slammed Clinton for breaking the law but gave her a pass anyway, the city Campaign Finance Board on Wednesday similarly bashed Mayor de Blasio and his pet nonprofit — but then let them skate.

No wonder average Joes think laws apply to them, but not the politically powerful.

At issue in the mayor’s case were his ties to the Campaign for One New York, its spending to promote his agenda (and indirectly, him) and the donations it received.

Candidates’ campaigns are subject to tight limits on donations and spending. Individual gifts are capped at $4,950; spending in off years can’t top $328,000.

CONY donations dwarfed those limits. And the group spent $4 million since 2013.

The CFB found CONY wasn’t “independent” of de Blasio but failed to find enough evidence of coordination. It also said CONY shut down well before the 2017 elections. For those reasons, it opted not to penalize de Blasio’s 2017 campaign.

Michael Benjamin

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1 Response to Like Hiillary de Blasio gets a pass on sleazy behavior | NY Post Editorial

  1. Dale Benjamin Drakeford says:

    “So true so true the bum fantasia is what happened to you,” I had one of my character’s speak years ago in my musical The Road To Bumsdoom. We have arrived. Item 6 in the Washington Examiner’s “11 Takeaways” perhaps said it best. The Democrats on the committee saw the whole process as a “Learning moment” simply because it featured the total “experience” and “skill” of the inapt “Crooked Clinton.” They are all bums for how they allow their clubbers to skate and the bums should be voted out (or never voted in!). As for the mayor, you knew he had to get a pass after he belatedly endorsed the Wanna-Be Number 45 (see Power Prejudice and Power Positive). He didn’t want to do this, but it sure came in handy joining the governor on this tormented train. The power of prejudice and privilege rides on, but let us not fool ourselves into thinking that we (the voters) have set this up (and continue to do so). We can only hope that Bernie Sanders do not next cave to the negative peer pressure (as rumors suggest he will).


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