Category Archives: Campaign Finance

Michael Goodwin discusses the federal probe of Brooklyn police commanders, real estate developers, and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s nonprofit political action committees and finds that the ‘fish stinks from the head’: “[…] One hint of the feds’ focus surfaced last … Continue reading

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NY Times Uncovers Mayor de Blasio ‘Pay to Play’ Scandal

Political fixer, Harold Ickes, gave the re-election campaign committee of his pal, Mayor Bill de Blasio $19,250 in bundled contributions after his client A.E.G. Live won city permit to hold a music festival on Randall’s Island. Continue reading

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De Blasio’s 2013 campaign committee under investigation | New York Post

Looks like my colleagues at City and State dogged reporting snagged another pol (see Laura Nahmias reporting on ex-assemblyman William Boyland) playing games with campaign finance rules. The de Blasio campaign deny that they did any illegal coordination with 1199SEIU … Continue reading

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New campaign leisure spending ruling leaves ‘gray area’ | New York Post

Yes, the partisan and gridlocked NYS Board of Elections ruled that spending campaign cash on junkets is permissible as long as the campaign funds only pay a portion (50%, 75%,  99%?) of the related expenses and pols document receipts. It … Continue reading

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Editorial: Right on the money – NY Daily News

Key paragraphs in NY Daily News editorial re State Bd of Elections new enforcement counsel tackling LLC donations (controlled by a single donor) given an unsuccessful Brooklyn Assembly candidate: “[Risa] Sugarman — who was appointed not by the board, but … Continue reading

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Nemesis Drops Discrimination Suit Against Bronx BP Diaz

Bronx BP Ruben Diaz’s former staffer and long time ally Camella Pinkney-Price has quietly dropped the racial discrimination lawsuit. Continue reading

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UPDATED: Bronx Activist Dr. Camella Pinkney-Price Is Running For Bronx BP 2017

Say what??? Dr. Camella P. Price for #BronxBP in 2017. The NYC Campaign Finance Board released data for the disclosure period: July 2014 – January 2015. Dr. Price, a former employee of Bronx BP Ruben Diaz, Jr. reported $2,746.53 in net contributions … Continue reading

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24-Hour Contribution Report for State Sen. John Sampson | NYS Board of Elections

Five people contributed $16,000 at the 11th hour to aid embattled Brooklyn State Senator John Sampson in his now-successful Democratic Primary win. Although innocent until proved guilty, I’m left wondering who contributes to the re-election effort of a lawmaker indicted … Continue reading

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IT’S ON LIKE DONKEY KONG IN THE 79AD — BLAKE, MICHAEL & ALVAREZ BATTLE

Well, it looks like the Bronx County Democratic organization has a major battle on its hands in the 79 Assembly District. This morning, the Appellate Division, First Department found no reason to disturb [Justice Carter’s] adoption of the referee’s report and … Continue reading

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He Lives! Reports of Fred Ricks Campaign Demise Are Flat Wrong

This morning, I got an email from Fred Ricks telling me that my report that he dropped out of the 79 AD race is flat wrong.   Good day sir my name is Fred Ricks and I am currently a … Continue reading

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