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2014-03-08 Moreland Commission - Follow-Up E-Mail Re Loopholes

2014-03-08 Moreland Commission - Follow-Up E-Mail Re Loopholes

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Follow-up e-mail to select Moreland Commission members, referring new The Daily Beast report about city campaign regulator investigation involving The Advance Group. Follow-up e-mail asks select commission members to consider how the New York City campaign finance system that incorporates public matching dollars can still be gamed. What good is having a public matching dollar system, if there is no effective oversight to ensure that there is integrity in the system ? Look at how, in the case of the New York City Council speaker race, one candidate advised by The Advance Group jurisdiction-shopped for a campaign account between choices of New York City and Albany, to find loopholes that were exploitable.
Follow-up e-mail to select Moreland Commission members, referring new The Daily Beast report about city campaign regulator investigation involving The Advance Group. Follow-up e-mail asks select commission members to consider how the New York City campaign finance system that incorporates public matching dollars can still be gamed. What good is having a public matching dollar system, if there is no effective oversight to ensure that there is integrity in the system ? Look at how, in the case of the New York City Council speaker race, one candidate advised by The Advance Group jurisdiction-shopped for a campaign account between choices of New York City and Albany, to find loopholes that were exploitable.

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Ladies and Gentlemen : Here is my latest blog post questioning the latest media report, which indicates that city campaign regulators are investigating the electioneering work by The Advance Group in connection with NY-CLASS.http://ny-popculture-politics.blogspot.com/2014/03/Scott-Levenson-NY-CLASS-Citizens-United-Super-PAC-Investigation-Update.htmlIn my blog post, I point out that, as an apparent reward for Mr. Levenson's and NY-CLASS's crucial support, the mayor attended a fundraiser for NY-CLASS, an event which was closed to the press. Meanwhile, Speaker Mark-Viverito, who benefitted from free lobbying work provided to her by The Advance Group, has expressed support for enacting legislation sought by each of Mr. Levenson and NY-CLASS. This cross-support has all the appearance of a quid pro quo. Since the board members of the Campaign Finance Board are selected by both the mayor and the Council speaker, how can city campaign regulators conduct a truly independent investigation of the controversies surrounding Mr. Levenson, who likes to accept responsibly for each of Mayor de Blasio's primary win over former Council Speaker Christine Quinn and for Ms. Mark-Viverito's selection as Council speaker over Councilmember Daniel Garodnick ? I would appreciate receiving word that the Moreland Commission is reviewing this matter for investigation of possible public corruption.Separately, as members of the Moreland Commission advocate for a form of a public campaign finance system for New York State, I respectfully request that you please consider how the New York City campaign finance system that incorporates public matching dollars can still be gamed, or at least how it appears it was gamed by The Advance Group and NY-CLASS. What good is having a public matching dollar system, if there is no effective oversight to ensure that there is integrity in the system ? Look at how, in the case of the New York City Council speaker race, one candidate advised by The Advance Group jurisdiction-shopped for a campaign account between choices of New York City and Albany, to find loopholes that were exploitable. http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20140115/BLOGS04/140119914/mark-viverito-spent-big-on-speaker-race - and -http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/mark-viverito-lobbying-firm-tie-revealed-finance-report-article-1.1581432I look forward to your reply.Louis FloresNYC : News & Analysislflores22@gmail.com1 (646) 400-1168On 3 févr. 2014, at 18:31, Louis Flores wrote:
Subject :
 Campaign Finance Questions Continue To Pile Up For The Advance GroupLadies and Gentlemen : As a follow-up to my e-mail from two weeks ago, a new report published today shows that there was an overlap of a lobbying contract between The Advance Group and a real estate company connected to City Council candidate Igor Oberman at the same time when The Advance Group provided campaign consulting services to Mr. Oberman.According to the Crains Insider report, "The overlap raises the question of whether any of the building's lobbying money was in any way connected with [Mr. Oberman's] campaign, which had a spending limit of $167,000."Link : http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20140203/BLOGS04/140209983/city-lawyer-used-office-for-politics-probe-findsThe date of the Department of Investigations report is August 23, 2013, but we are only finding out about these allegations today.Crains Insider, The New York Observer, and The New York Times continue to publish news reports about The Advance Group that are either triggering investigations or shedding new light on existing investigations. As indicated in my statement to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the board
From:
Louis Flores <lflores22@gmail.com>
Subject:
Re: Follow-Up : Referral to Moreland Commission : The Advance Group
Date:
8 mars 2014 16:54:18 UTC-05:00
To:
NYAG.Pressoffice@ag.ny.gov, comments@moreland.ny.gov, kr@kathleenrice.com, press.office@exec.ny.gov, rb34@columbia.edu, ecorngold@fklaw.com, lliebman@law.columbia.edu, mutua@buffalo.edu, benito.romano@freshfields.com, betty.ellerin@alston.com, Peter.Zimroth@aporter.com
Cc:
 jcolvin@observer.com, powellm@nytimes.com, Chris Bragg <cbragg@crainsnewyork.com>, Erik Engquist <eengquist@crainsnewyork.com> 

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