Monday, February 13, 2017

Corrupt NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio using pay to play tactics from donors to bankroll legal bills for his pay to play fund raising sandal

Kevin Case  , Creative Commons

The reason New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is such a vocal critic of Donald Trump is to distract votes from the fact he's currently under CRIMINAL investigation by multiple agencies.
  De Blasio is the female version of Hillary Clinton as far a sleazy politicians is concerned.     

NY Post reports Mayor de Blasio’s announcement that he’ll have donors pay his mounting legal bills tied to suspected City Hall corruption is drawing howls of protest from government watchdogs and ethics experts.

De Blasio will be walking into “a trap of his own making” if he hits up supporters for cash to fund his defense, said John Kaehny, executive director of the reform group Reinvent Albany.

“He’s responding to probes about his fund-raising activities by doing more fund-raising,” Kaehny noted.

On Friday, de Blasio outlined a fund-raising effort to get himself out from under the mountain of unpaid debt he’s racked up since hiring defense lawyer Barry Berke in April.

De Blasio said he would follow “a legal-defense-fund model” and solicit donations “according to a set of rules,” but was vague on details.

Election lawyer Sarah Steiner said de Blasio’s idea was “fraught with all sorts of problems.”
“A donor is not giving money to an individual. You’re giving money to an elected official,” she said. “This sets up potential pay-to-play possibilities . . . It looks very messy.”

Lawyer David Grandeau, former executive director of the New York Temporary State Commission on Lobbying, noted that its successor agency — the Joint Commission on Public Ethics — was already investigating de Blasio’s since-shuttered nonprofit, the Campaign for One New York, and could have a problem with de Blasio’s payment plan.

“Obviously, if you give money to the defense fund, you’re benefiting the mayor, so that would be problematic for those that are lobbyists or their clients,” Grandeau said. “I’m pretty sure the people at JCOPE would consider that to be an illegal gift to the mayor.”

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