De Blasio Staffs Up, Hunting for Hidden Donations Behind Citizens United

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (photo credit: william alatriste)

An organization created by Bill de Blasio has hired its first executive director whose job will be to publicize “undisclosed” political spending allowed by the Citizen’s United ruling, the public advocate’s office announced.

Leading the Coalition for Accountability in Public Spending will be Kate Coyne-McCoy, who previously was the regional director for Emily’s List. CAPS is getting funding from a $400,000, 2-year grant from the Open Society Foundations. 

De Blasio, a likely 2013 mayoral candidate, seems poised to inject himself into the 2012 campaign season — the first presidential election held since the landmark Supreme Court ruling opened the door to unlimited corporate spending in elections. De Blasio is also stepping into the vacuum that was created when cable news mainstay and likely mayoral candidate, Rep. Anthony Weiner, resigned from office.