Charles Hynes’s Political Giving Under Fire

Charles Hynes (Photo: NY1)
Charles Hynes (Screengrab: NY1)

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles “Joe” Hynes, who is continuing to run for re-election despite a bruising primary loss, has poured thousands of dollars into his fellow politicians’ coffers while serving as D.A.–despite a rule barring him from endorsing candidates. Continue reading “Charles Hynes’s Political Giving Under Fire”

Thompson Accuses Weiner of Being Swayed By Taxi Cash

Bill Thompson and Anthony Weiner chatting at the forum.
Bill Thompson and Anthony Weiner chatting at a forum.

Former Comptroller Bill Thompson is ramping up his attacks on mayoral rival Anthony Weiner after new fund-raising data revealed Mr. Weiner has been raking in cash from the taxi industry.

Mr. Thompson’s chief strategist Jonathan Price, fired off a missive earlier today accusing the former congressman of coming out against the city’s new outer-borough taxis as a result of the thousands he’s been collecting from drivers and dispatchers, who are largely opposed to the plan.

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Obama Campaign Still Asking for Contributions

(Photo: Getty)
(Photo: Getty)

In what he called “my last election,” President Barack Obama scored a hard-fought but comfortable victory over Mitt Romney last month, but that doesn’t mean his email list will no longer be hit up for campaign cash. To wit, Mr. Obama’s electoral operation, Obama for America, is asking their supporters to contribute after filling out a form backing his plan to increase taxes on the wealthiest Americans.

“Thanks for sharing your story. The next chapter begins today. Stand with President Obama for the next four years,” a subsequent contribution form declares. Continue reading “Obama Campaign Still Asking for Contributions”

Ahead of Sandy, Obama and Romney Request Red Cross Contributions

sandy relief fb Ahead of Sandy, Obama and Romney Request Red Cross Contributions
“Support the Sandy RELIEF EFFORT. Paid for by Romney for President, Inc.” (Photo: Facebook)

With Election Day only a week away, President Barack Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, can’t afford to slow down much in terms of campaigning, but over the past 24 hours, their campaigns have both taken the time to ask for contributions to something that isn’t their own war chests. For example, as Mr. Obama was boarding a plane to do some politicking in Orlando this evening, his campaign’s deputy press secretary, Jen Psaki, made sure to note the president was also focused on the potential victims of Hurricane Sandy.

“We urge everyone to take appropriate safety precautions and to follow the guidance of emergency management and public safety officials, and we will continue to monitor the storm to ensure the safety of our supporters, volunteers and staff,” she said, according to a recent pool report. “On Facebook, Twitter, and BarackObama.com, supporters are being invited to donate to the Red Cross to support the relief effort.”

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