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Louis Flores <lflores22@gmail.com> Follow-Up : Referral to Moreland Commission : The Advance Group 3 février 2014 18:31:35 UTC-05:00 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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Subject : Campaign Finance Questions Continue To Pile Up For The Advance Group Ladies 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-finds The 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 members of the city's Campaign Finance Board and the Conflicts of Interest Board are appointed by the mayor, the Council speaker, or a combination of both. Last week, the editor of City & State published an editorial column raising questions about how independent the city's Department of Investigations could be in investigating the new mayor's administration. Link : http://www.cityandstateny.com/shadow-of-a-doubt/ Since both the mayor and the Council speaker have close ties with The Advance Group, it's not clear how any of the CFB, the COIB, or the DOI could independently lead an investigation that involves The Advance Group. I respectfully request that the members of the Moreland Commission please look into how conflicts of interest such as these could possibly enable public corruption in the city's campaign finance system. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you kindly. Best regards, -- Louis Louis Flores lflores22@gmail.com 1 (646) 400-1168

Begin forwarded message: From: Louis Flores <lflores22@gmail.com> Subject: Referral to Moreland Commission : The Advance Group Date: 22 janvier 2014 13:45:05 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 Bcc: Louis Flores <lflores22@gmail.com>, Louis Flores <louisflores@louisflores.com> Ladies and Gentlemen :

Please excuse this direct contact. There is no way to submit documents through the Moreland Commission Web site. It would be helpful if people had a way to share documents about possible corruption with the Commission, but I couldn't find any. I tried contacting Ms. Rice's office in Nassau County, but I was referred to the TIPS hotline. I filed a complaint against the lobbying and campaign consulting firm, The Advance Group, with the U.S. Attorney's Office. In the age of Citizens United, I urge the members of the Commission to please take a look at the corruptive influence of money and lobbyists in politics, as it played out in the most recent New York City municipal elections. For your review and consideration, attached is the complaint I filed regarding The Advance Group. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you kindly. Best regards, -- Louis Louis Flores lflores22@gmail.com 1 (646) 400-1168

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