De Blasio Corruption Scandal…Again
Mayor de Blasio escaped official scrutiny of corruption charges two years ago, after federal and state prosecutors announced that they would end their criminal investigations into pay-to-play allegations. But new dealings have emerged between the mayor and his donors that raise many of the same questions. Was a sweetheart deal arranged on behalf of an attorney who raised significant funds for the mayor’s federal PAC, which pays for his national travels?
The Facts You Need to Know
Deed: The mayor’s apparent help for a major donor in lifting the deed restriction on a SoHo nursing home resembles behavior detailed in the new allegations. Read more.
Entity: After taking office, Mayor de Blasio set up a fundraising entity that he allegedly used to sell access to City Hall–reminiscent, again, of behavior described in the new allegations. Read more.
Bribe: A de Blasio donor pled guilty in federal court to bribing the mayor in exchange for favors. Read more.
“I gave these donations to the elected official in exchange for efforts by that official and other city officials to obtain a lease renewal from the city agency for my restaurant on terms that were favorable to me.”
Emails reveal de Blasio apparently has a favorite lawyer — who is linked to $173 million real estate deal with Podolsky brothers — after senior mayoral staffers respond they will to look into issues large and small.— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) April 7, 2019
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The Past is Present
“The state’s and city’s political malfeasance scandals are so interlocked with their watchdogs that the feds have to sort them out.”
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