Why would Mayor de Blasio Need Distance? R&R??


LostMessiah, April 11, 2016


If Mayor de Blasio did not actually know Jona Rechnitz or Jeremy Reichberg, he would not find a need to distance himself. In fact, what were they doing on his Inaugural Committee? Why would they have been providing him with campaign contributions?  Really?



From DAInfo April 10, 2016 4:46pm

De Blasio Distances Himself From Businessmen in Federal Probe

“HIGH BRIDGE—Mayor Bill de Blasio distanced himself Sunday from two businessmen embroiled in a federal corruption probe of the NYPD that has expanded to his campaign fundraising practices, saying that he doesn’t know the men that well and that his campaign is returning donations from both.

“It’s not a particularly close relationship,” the mayor said of his ties to businessmen Jeremy Reichberg and Jona Rechnitz. “I met them first around the time of the general election. I hadn’t know them previously, really haven’t seen them in the last year or more.””

“Both businessmen were on de Blasio’s inaugural committee. Rechnitz and his wife contributed $4,950 each to de Blasio’s 2013 mayoral campaign.

Reichberg raised $35,000 for the Campaign for One New York, a non-profit group connected to the mayor that accepted money from groups with business before the city to accomplish de Blasio’s political goals.”

“I have no evidence of that fact. We have gotten no inquiry from any office and no one associated with me has gotten any inquiry, so I just can’t comment on something I have no specifics on,” de Blasio said.

Last week, de Blasio said he would wait for the outcome of the federal investigation before deciding to return campaign donations from the two men and that he would not take any of their donations for his 2017 re-election campaign.

Asked why he had now decided to return the men’s donations, de Blasio said that he was prompted to act after the NYPD internal affairs probe had progressed “to a point where they have enough evidence for the disciplinary actions taken against the officers.”

“That’s what made me decide we should go the only other step we have which is to return the 2013 donations,” de Blasio added.

Asked about the role of the two men on his inaugural committee, de Blasio said they both just “supported the effort.”

Neither Reichberg nor Rechnitz has been charged with any crime.

“We are fully confident that the campaign has conducted itself legally and appropriately at all times,” said de Blasio campaign spokesman Dan Levitan.

A spokesperson for U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara declined comment.

The Campaign for One New York and United for Affordable NYC announced they would close last month after good government and tenant groups questioned whether the organizations, which can take unlimited amounts of money and are not required to report donors or what the money was spent for, were violating campaign laws.

In calling for an investigation, Common Cause said the practice “blurs the line between campaign activity and the Mayor’s function as the head of New York City government” and “raises serious questions about who has influence and access to the policymaking process.”

De Blasio said the Campaign for One New York would not be returning any money Reichberg raised.”


One thought on “Why would Mayor de Blasio Need Distance? R&R??

  1. Bill de Blasio’s Administration Is Under a Mysterious Federal Investigation

    William K. Rashbun and Al Baker of The New York Times have a deep dive into the ongoing and increasingly complex federal investigation of two fundraisers associated with a non-profit called the Campaign for One New York, which supported the election of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2013. Investigators are apparently trying to figure out whether those fundraisers, a real estate executive named Jona Rechnitz and a consultant Jeremy Reichberg, obtained favorable treatment from de Blasio’s administration in exchange for monetary support of the Democrat’s campaign. The problem, though, is that….nobody seems to know what prompted the investigation in the first place:

    Two of the people briefed on the matter suggested that investigators were trying to determine whether Mr. Rechnitz and Mr. Reichberg benefited from some type of favorable municipal action, or the promise of some action, in exchange for their donations, their fund-raising or some other gesture. But the precise allegations under scrutiny by federal prosecutors in Manhattan and agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation are unclear.
    This is just one of the investigation’s many ambiguities. Among the other aspects of the case that remain “unclear,” at least according to the Times, are:

    “The precise nature” of Reichberg’s consulting business;
    How, exactly, the investigation managed to ensnare “Norman Seabrook, the head of the union that represents city correction officers, and his close friend, Philip Banks III, then the highest-ranking uniformed official in the Police Department”;
    And “whether the prosecutors and F.B.I. agents working on the case have developed evidence, conclusive or otherwise, of the kind of quid pro quo necessary to prove most corruption crimes in federal court.”
    In other words: Nobody has any idea what’s going on. Anything could happen. Stay tuned!

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