Will the City Council actually let Mayor Bill de Blasio get fats cats to pay off his remaining $300,000 in private legal bills?
The mayor spent practically $3 million on legal professionals to fend off the lengthy federal and state investigations into his shady fund-raising practices. He dumped many of the invoice on the taxpayers after he’d received re-election in 2017, however he’s nonetheless caught owing 300 grand to the Kramer Levin agency.
Last 12 months he began to arrange a legal protection fund to cowl the debt, however the metropolis Conflicts of Interest Board dominated that the regulation limits any donations to $50, max. And Speaker Corey Johnson had zero curiosity in pushing a regulation to change that.
But now City Councilmen Stephen Levin (D-B’klyn) and Andrew Cohen (D-Bronx) are providing a invoice to elevate the restrict for such items to $5,000.
They’d bar firms and anybody doing enterprise with town from donating and require full public reporting of all contributions. Yet that also leaves the door open to influence-peddling: Just don’t make your “gift” whilst you’re actively looking for a City Hall favor, for instance.
Don’t assume de Blasio would play such video games? Remember, the shenanigans that had him underneath investigation within the first place concerned stretching (not less than) the boundaries of the regulation, together with his inventive use of “nonprofits” funded by particular pursuits anticipating entry.
Thanks to the excessive bar the US Supreme Court has set for proving corruption, prosecutors determined not to file prices however made it crystal clear they believed de Blasio had engaged in huge “pay to play” schemes.
And the mayor principally admitted he’d performed flawed when he closed his pet nonprofits that had taken enormous “gifts” banned underneath marketing campaign finance guidelines.
Better for de Blasio to simply wait till he’s out of workplace, after which see who’ll assist cowl his money owed. He received himself into this mess — let him personal it.