Reshma Saujani’s campaign for public advocate is getting a boost from Silicon Valley, with contributions from some of high-tech’s biggest names.
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg is among the contributors who will appear in filings the campaign expects to file today with the city’s Campaign Finance Board. Grammy-award winner John Legend also chipped in.
One of the most prominent Latinos in the Republican Party, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, addressed remarks about Latinos Mitt Romney was caught on tape making at a fundraiser during a press conference call today. The video of Mr. Romney sparked a massive firestorm after it was published by the liberal magazine Mother Jones, Mr. Rubio said he wasn’t bothered by the portion of the clip where the Republican presidential candidate said he would have a better chance of winning the election if he was Latino.
Mitt Romney is feeling the heat in recent days after he was caught on video declaring that 47% of the country is “dependent upon government” and “believe that they are victims” because they do not pay federal income taxes. However, asked about it after a press conference today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg argued that more Americans should indeed be paying federal income taxes, even if it’s a tiny amount, and urged the press to ignore the entire “brouhaha.”
“I’ve always thought that everybody should file a tax return, and in fact an awful lot of people do that don’t pay taxes,” the billionaire mayor said, while defending the overall concept of higher tax rates for the rich. “But if you pay a dollar or at least file a return, I think it’s a good lesson that you are part of this society and you have a say and you have a responsibility and all of the great privileges that we have don’t come from nothing.”
President Barack Obama, like his rival Mitt Romney, regularly visits New York City. Today, Mr. Obama is hosting a basketball fundraiser with Michael Jordan and other basketball stars. Annoyed that Mr. Obama is hosting yet another fundraiser while the economy still isn’t fixed, the New York State Republican Party sent out a press release letting everyone know that they’re not happy about it.
“ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER FUNDRAISER,” blared the title of the statement, with Chairman Ed Cox explaining, “Once again, we’re happy to welcome President Obama back to New York, where unemployment in both New York City (9.6%) and New York State (8.9%) remains above the national average, for yet another swank, star-studded fundraiser for his reelection campaign.”
Earlier today, New York City Comptroller John Liu’s campaign treasurer, Jenny Hou, was arrested by federal authorities and charged, among other things, with helping orchestrate a fundraising scheme to boost Mr. Liu’s mayoral campaign.
While the complaint against Ms. Hou involve interviews and emails, they also, somewhat amusingly, frequently quote her instant message chats. Thus phrases like “YUP!!!” and “THANK YOU!!!!! I’ll make you out a ck [check] today” appear throughout the otherwise bland document.