A handful of backroom power players in city and state politics turned out for Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito swearing-in ceremony this afternoon–including many of the people who soon will be lobbying the City Council on behalf of clients with interest before the city. Continue reading “Lobbyists Turn Out for Mark-Viverito’s Swearing-In Ceremony”
The latest video from controversial conservative provocateur James O’Keefe’s “Project Veritas” implies unions and several big name New York politicians are colluding to earn state and federal contracts for do-nothing companies purporting to hire for so-called “environmental jobs.”
In the clip, Mr. O’Keefe portrays an executive for a business that literally digs ditches and fills them back up with more dirt. He visits with John Hutchings, whom he describes as a “director” of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, and former assemblyman Ronald Tocci and another man who apparently discuss how easy it is for them to use their lobbyists and political connections to get cash for businesses.
“When we go for a bill, you know, you’ve got to get approval of the Senate, and the Assembly and then the Governor’s got to sign that. We have a lobbyist for the Senate [Republicans], and we have a lobbyist for the Democrats and that’s how we try to push our agenda through,” Mr. Hutchings says in the video. Continue reading “James O’Keefe Takes on Shelly Silver, NY’s Unions And Lawmakers In Incriminating New Video”
Cue up “We’re In The Money.”
A new report out today from the Center on Public Integrity confirms what we all knew: Albany is awash in lobbyist cash.
In 2010, $213.4 million was spent, up from $197.8 million the previous year. One of the largest increases came in the area of advertising. Clients reported spending $29,804,878 for advertising in 2010, compared to $6,167,701 in 2009.
There were 6,659 lobbyists representing 4,091 clients, compared to 5,887 lobbyists in 2009 representing 3,499 clients.
The firm of Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, LLP led all comers in the influence game, raking in $10.6 million last year. Patricia Lynch Associates followed with $8.1 million.
The report comes out just as Andrew Cuomo is preparing to make ethics reform a centerpiece of his post-budget year.