Law & Order
John Liu has no regrets.
Entering the masjid At-Taqwa in Brooklyn the day a federal court sentenced Mr. Liu’s former campaign treasurer Jenny Hou, 27, and fund-raiser Oliver Pan, 47, to prison time, Mr. Liu told Politicker he said he didn’t regret hiring the young aide.
Last Tuesday’s elections settled contentious races across the city, but for good-government advocates, the fight for campaign finance reform is still ramping up.
Various winners in City Council primaries gathered with members of Common Cause New York on the steps of City Hall today to castigate the influence of independent expenditures, especially Jobs for New York, a group backed by real estate interests.
SHEKELS AND THE CITY
You wouldn’t think, but not all mail-merge, en masse, preformed emails are alike. Which is why journalism nonprofit ProPublica created their a wonderful little feature—right now, in beta—called the Message Machine, which crowd-sources communications like emails from campaigns, collects them, and notes the small differences. The one they’re working on now is about Sarah Jessica Parker fundraising for Barack Obama in New York City.
It’s pretty interesting to watch—and note—the way most people got emails that left out the emphatic praise of Sarah Jessica Parker from emails other recipients received.
New York City developer Jerry Speyer and
construction giant Daniel Tishman, whose company has built many of the city’s most important projects, were the two leading individual contributors to Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo’s campaign, donating a combined $187,400. Mr. Speyer chipped in $100,000 and Mr. Tishman gave $87,400, according to analysis by The Buffalo Read More
Republican Attorney General candidate Dan Donovan responded to the state Democratic Party’s allegations that he received illegal campaign donations on his weekly media conference call this morning.
“There are so many ways now that people contribute, through the internet. We vet all of our contriubtions and when something doesn’t meet our requirements or a donation Read More
Puritan Avenue in Queens leads through Forest Hills Gardens, a serene enclave in the city, where 100-year-old homes evoke the English countryside. At the corner of Puritan and Greenway North, shaded by an expansive beech tree, is a $1.8 million brick Tudor. Unlike the immaculate neighboring lots, the grounds on this house aren’t particularly well Read More
For days now the New York State Democratic Party has been pumping out releases that have openly wondered if JP Morgan–unencumbered thanks to the recent Citizens United ruling which allows corporations to spend without limit in elections–would start pouring money in Rick Lazio’s campaign for governor.
The releases have left some Read More
The folks at Extell Development are apparently fans of Christine Quinn.
Late last month, Lela Goren, a business partner of Extell’s who does extensive work with the company, held a fundraiser in the West Village for Council Speaker Christine Quinn that was attended by many executives from Extell. Ms. Quinn is eyeing a run for Read More
For at least the past two decades in New York State politics, there has been a pattern for would-be governors: Declare the existing campaign finance system broken; embrace reform; see plans go nowhere; repeat.
After all, it doesn’t hurt politically to rail against a system with giant loopholes that effectively allow unlimited soft-money donations Read More
ALBANY—Candidates for political office in New York raised a record $94 million during the last election cycle, according to an analysis released today by a coalition of good-government groups.
The largest chunk of that money came from business interests and unions, but the following list—compiled by NYPIRG's campaign data guru Bill Mahoney—shows the Read More