Drip, Drip, Drip: New York Dem Scandal Widens And Worsens By The Hour

New York City Mayor and top Hillary Clinton surrogate Bill de Blasio is at the center of a complex web of ethics scandals over potentially criminal fundraising activities that has now ensnared top aides to de Blasio and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and appears to be getting increasingly dire by the day, if not the hour.

Here’s a recap of the past week alone in the life of the De Blasio/Cuomo ethics scandal:

Friday, April 22 – The New York Daily News reports on a “bombshell” Board of Elections memo revealing the investigation into De Blasio’s office: “The head investigator for the state Board of Elections probed the 2014 fundraising efforts by Mayor de Blasio and his team on behalf of the Senate Democrats and found enough “willful and flagrant” violations to warrant a criminal referral to the Manhattan DA’s office. The Daily News obtained a bombshell memo state Board of Elections Chief Enforcement Officer Risa Sugarman sent to the board’s four commissioners on Jan. 4 recommending the referral.”

Sunday, April 24 – The New York Post’s Michael Goodwin: “The mayor is going down!” (featuring a front page splash of de Blasio in handcuffs) “There is no way to sugarcoat the facts: de Blasio is in trouble. Maybe very big trouble. His City Hall is being depicted as the seat of a criminal enterprise. And so far, he offers nothing resembling a convincing ­denial. As bad as it is, the election report covering the 2014 state Senate races is just the start. The endgame involves the more ­lethal issue of whether de Blasio sold government favors to donors. That is what federal prosecutors are looking for, and I believe they will find a mother lode.”

Tuesday, April 26 – Politico New York reports that a top Cuomo aide was aware of the scandal-plagued fundraising operation, prompting America Rising tosubmit a FOIL request: “A former top aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo was included on a July 2014 memo that outlined a coordinated fundraising effort to help Democratic candidates for the state Senate, and on subsequent email updates about that effort, according to sources who have seen those documents. The coordinated campaign — spearheaded by Mayor Bill de Blasio and his allies — is now the subject of a criminal inquiry…”

Wednesday, April 27 – The Wall Street Journal reports “Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Close Political Allies Subpoenaed in Fundraising Probes”

  • “Those who received subpoenas include Emma Wolfe, the mayor’s director of intergovernmental affairs and his top political aide; Ross Offinger, his top fundraiser; and BerlinRosen, a consulting firm that works on the mayor’s political campaigns and was co-founded by Jonathan Rosen, a top adviser to Mr. de Blasio.”
  • “Mr. de Blasio’s supporters have argued that the mayor and his allies haven’t only operated within the law but also engaged in the same tactics as other top New York politicians, such as Gov. Andrew Cuomo and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Mr. Cuomo created a political nonprofit called the Committee to Save New York during his first term in office. The group, founded to support the governor’s agenda, raised more than $15 million from real-estate officials and others with business in front of the state before it was disbanded amid criticism.”

Thursday, April 28 – Former Mike Bloomberg campaign manager Bradley Tusk openly speculates about de Blasio’s fall in The New York Daily News:

  • Headline: “What happens if Mayor de Blasio crumbles?”
  • “It’s impossible to pick up a local newspaper these days and not be inundated with stories about scandals and criminal investigations into the de Blasio administration.”
  • “This much we do know: Whatever they say in public, everyone who wants to be mayor — and there are at least a dozen people in this city who think about it multiple times a day — is spending plenty of their time in private gaming out these scenarios.”

Amelia Chassé, America Rising PAC press secretary writes:

“Another day, another ethics controversy for New York Democrats – and this one goes all the way to the top. It’s been a rough few weeks for Mayor de Blasio amid all the controversies, and now we learn that the Governor’s top aide is also ensnared in the scandal. Both Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio owe the people of New York an explanation for allowing their political henchmen to play fast and loose with ethics laws in an attempt to manipulate elections.”

Cross-posted at America Rising PAC

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