This Week in the Race for Attorney General

Dan Donovan's campaign sent out press releases saying they'd received an endorsement from leaders of the Hasidic community in Brooklyn. Oops. Not so, said those present at the meeting. "They were specifically told that this was not an endorsement," said Isaac Weinberger. "We will meet with the next candidate and then there will be a decision by the community." Donovan aide Menashe Shapiro took the blame for the miscommunication.
Dan Donovan received the endorsement of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority Superior Officers Benevolent Association. The Donovan campaign has been accusing Schneiderman of being soft-on-crime and too left-wing for the general electorate, and so they have been busily touting all of the support they have gotten from law enforcement.
In an article in The Observer, Schneiderman laid out his plans to protect the real estate and non-profit sectors of New York's economy. He promised to add staff to the Real Estate Finance Bureau and offer reporting and compliance assistance to small nonprofits such as those that benefit children and senior citizens.
Hiram Monserrate was indicted for corruption on Tuesday, and Donovan's campaign accused Schneiderman of being complicit. "State Senator Schneiderman had undeniable knowledge of Monserrate’s paragon of criminality, and he turned a blind eye to preserve his own political ambitions," said Donovan's camp.
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Dan Donovan officially received the endorsement of another Jewish group, the Crown Heights Political Action Committee, pictured here with Mayor Bloomberg. “In these dire times, we need an Attorney General independent of special interests who is capable of fighting and protecting us from the corruption that clouds Albany. Dan Donovan is the man for that job,” said Moshe Malamud, a founding member of the Crown Heights PAC.
The Donovan campaign's Virginia Lam slammed Schneiderman for aligning with the United Federation of Teachers, whose president, Michael Mulgrew (pictured), is currently fighting to keep teachers' performance evaluations classified.
Schneiderman spokesman James Freedlander shot back that Donovan has a weak history on corruption prosecution, pointing out that he has failed to set up a public corruption unit or even to try a single public corruption case as Staten Island DA.
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Eric Schneiderman received the endorsement of the Sierra Club, which followed his endorsement last week from anti-hydrofracking advocate Mark Ruffalo.
Former Republican tate Senator and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Balboni sent out a fundraising letter for Schneiderman, lauding his voting record on anti-crime and anti-terrorism issues, as well as his plans to investigate New York groups who trade illegally with US-hostile countries. Balboni is a former Republican, and the Schneiderman camp hopes he can sell independent voters on their candidate.
The NY Inspector General released a report stating that Aqueduct Entertainment Group bought its way into a video slot parlor in Queens through campaign donations strategically made to Democratic state senators. The scandal gave the Donovan campaign another opportunity to link Schneiderman to Albany corruption. "And all of these things, for being a self-reformer, have happened under his nose," Donovan said.
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Schneiderman said he will return $76,000 in campaign donations from Senators Malcolm Smith, John Sampson (pictured) and Eric Adams, who are implicated in the AEG controversy.
Norman Seabrook. (Screengrab: NY1)
Dan Donovan received the endorsement of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association's head Norman Seabrook, even though they historically support Democrats. This is Donovan's 18th endorsement from law enforcement agencies. [An earlier version misstated the number of endorsements.]

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