The net cast in the largest NYPD corruption scandal in twenty years may have snared a dick, as in Moby Dick, I’m talking a WHALE. That whale is Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Two men at the center of the largest NYPD corruption scandal in twenty were major donors to de Blasio’s 2013 mayoral campaign and served on his inaugural committee. Jona Rechnitz and Jeremy Reichberg are suspected of lavishing high ranking members of the NYPD with gifts and trips. Thus far, nine senior police officials have either been demoted or transferred as a result of the investigation.
When the scandal initially broke a few weeks back, the U.S. Attorney Southern District Office and Manhattan District Attorney’s office were focusing on donations that Rechnitz and Reichberg made to de Blasio’s campaign and the nonprofit group, Campaign for One New York. De Blasio shut the group down a month ago, but only after government groups called for an investigation into whether it was violating campaign finance laws.
According to a NY Times article:
“The group, which Mr. de Blasio shut down last month, has drawn the ire of government watchdog groups, which said it created ‘a shadow government’ of lobbyists and businesses with interests before city government. Mr. Rechnitz donated $50,000 to the group through a company he controls, and Mr. Reichberg held a fund-raiser for the group”
De Blasio might be pleased if that was the end of it, but it’s not. Emboldened by his 2013 mayoral victory, de Blasio made it clear he wanted Democrats to take back the NY State Senate in 2014. As the investigation expands, the FBI is now looking into possible violations of de Blasio’s fundraising apparatus for the Democrats’ unsuccessful bid to take control of the Senate. Per the Times article:
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“Prosecutors are focused on whether there was an effort to evade campaign contribution limits. They are trying to determine whether contributions solicited by the mayor went to smaller county committees with the intention that they then be passed on to candidates in the contested races, the two people said. Those county committees have no limits on campaign contributions from individuals, groups or companies, but candidates’ committees do.”
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Choose any major city in this country that is controlled by Left Wing Democrats and you will find this kind of cronyism.
We reported not long ago on former NY City Mayor Bloomberg coming to office worth $4 billion and leaving worth over $32 billion. Can you imagine growing your net worth by 800 percent while having a full-time job as mayor. If you said, “NO!”, you’re likely a Conservative.
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