Bill de Blasio Transition Donors Include Many With Interests Before City

Bill de Blasio at his inauguration, which was funded by transition donors. (Photo: Stan Honda/Getty)
Bill de Blasio at his inauguration, which was funded by transition donors. (Stan Honda/Getty)

Donors hoping to gain favor with newly elected Mayor Bill de Blasio had one last chance to fill his coffers before his administration kicked into high gear. They took advantage of the opportunity.

New and loyal backers pumped more than $2 million into Mr. de Blasio’s transition effort, new campaign finance filings show. And with Mr. de Blasio already elected, it perhaps isn’t surprising that many of those offering last-minute backing have a financial stake in his administration. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Transition Donors Include Many With Interests Before City”

John Liu Says He Has No Regrets After Treasurer’s Sentencing

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Comptroller John Liu shakes the hand of the member of a Brooklyn masjid today.

John Liu has no regrets.

Visiting the masjid At-Taqwa in Brooklyn the day after a federal court judge sentenced Mr. Liu’s former campaign treasurer Jenny Hou, 27, and fund-raiser Oliver Pan, 47, to prison time, Mr. Liu told Politicker he didn’t regret hiring the young aide. Continue reading “John Liu Says He Has No Regrets After Treasurer’s Sentencing”

Electoral Victors Call for Campaign Finance Reform

City Council candidate Carlos Menchaca speaking with other Democratic nominees.
City Council candidate Carlos Menchaca speaking with other Democratic nominees. (Photo: Twitter/cmenchaca)

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.

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‘NYC Votes’ App Aims to Drag Elections Out of the Stone Age

Voting in America is so annoying, it can make you miss the days when we were presided over by inbred British monarchs bound by laws of primogeniture.

Okay, nothing is actually that annoying, it’s just the royal baby fever talking. But voting in the U.S.A. is stuck in the mid-20th century. It’s a procedure that could use some updating, for the sake of both accuracy and convenience.
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Cuomo to Investigate Legislators After Campaign Finance Reform Fails

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, speaking today in Albany. (Photo: governor.ny.gov)
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, speaking today in Albany. (Photo: governor.ny.gov)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that he will follow through on his threat to create a Moreland Commission–a powerful committee with subpoena powers–to investigate state legislators after they failed to come to a deal on a proposed new public campaign financing system the governor has tried to sell as an anti-corruption bill.

“That is the direction I am planning to proceed,” Mr. Cuomo told reporters at a press conference in Albany this afternoon, as the legislative session winds to a close.

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John Liu Insists His Campaign’s Bookkeeping Was the Best

John Liu on NY1. (Photo: ny1.com)
John Liu on NY1. (Photo: ny1.com)

City Comptroller and mayoral candidate John Liu continued his no-apologies tour after his former campaign treasurer and a fund-raiser were found guilty on campaign finance fraud charges last week, charging Monday that his rivals’ campaigns would also face issues if they were subjected to similar scrutiny.

“I am confident that if any campaign in New York City or elsewhere was subject to the level of scrutiny that my campaign has been put under–and that Jenny has been put under–we would be far head and shoulders above everybody else,” Mr. Liu said during an interview on NY1 last night.

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John Liu Calmly Defends Campaign in Emergency Press Conference

John Liu before speaking to reporters. (Photo: Jill Colvin)
John Liu before speaking to reporters. (Photo: Jill Colvin)

Hours after his former treasurer and a fund-raiser were found guilty on campaign fraud charges, City Comptroller John Liu said he was “proud” of his campaign and vowed to carry on with his bid to become the city’s next mayor.

“I’m deeply saddened by the turn of events today. I continue to believe that Jenny’s a good person, and we will continue to ask the voters of this city for their support in my campaign to be mayor of New York City,” he told reporters after a forum in Brooklyn, where he continued to act as though nothing had changed.

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