Defending and Contributing to Diane Gordon

Here’s an interesting item from the campaign financial forms of Brooklyn Assemblywoman Diane Gordon.

Of the $1,100 she raised from individual contributors, $125 came from Bernard Udell, her defense lawyer.

“I drank her soda, ate her food, and contributed,” Udell said of a Gordon campaign event that raised money for her surprisingly easy re-election.

Udell also said he’s due back in court on this case January 18th to argue, still, that she didn’t do anything wrong.

“I don’t see how any of these charges stand,” he said.

Gordon was accused of trying to help a real estate developer win contracts in exchange for him building her a house. That arrangement, according to Udell, doesn’t relate to her role as a member of the legislature.

“She didn’t do anything on the floor of the Assembly,” he said.

The deal-making happened in her office.

– Azi Paybarah