L’Chaim Mayor de Blasio –
R&R, di Blasio and Campaign for One New York
LostMessiah, April 20, 2016
Not only did Mayor de Blasio apparently elicit the help of Jeremy Reichberg and Jona Rechnitz in his quest for political stature but he may also have used the money he received to assist in numerous senate races for the Democratic party candidates. The federal investigation has expanded.
We are willing to bet that later today Mayor de Blasio will be quoted as saying that he does not know of the existence of any federal probes. A little humor is intended with that morning cup-a-Jo, ummm, Jona.
The New York Times Reports:
“Mr. de Blasio made retaking the chamber a priority in 2014 and personally solicited contributions for his fellow Democrats in Senate races as part of that effort. There is no indication that Mr. de Blasio is a target of the inquiry. Spokesmen for his re-election campaign and the city’s Law Department declined to say whether they had received subpoenas.
Prosecutors are focused on whether there was an effort to evade campaign contribution limits. They are trying to determine whether contributions solicited by the mayor went to smaller county committees with the intention that they then be passed on to candidates in the contested races, the two people said. Those county committees have no limits on campaign contributions from individuals, groups or companies, but candidates’ committees do.
In addition to the focus on the Senate campaign, federal authorities are continuing their investigation of the fund-raising of Mr. de Blasio’s mayoral campaign. On Monday, F.B.I. agents and state investigators made an early morning visit to the Brooklyn home of Mr. de Blasio’s former finance director, Ross A. Offinger, two other people said.
Mr. Offinger was not home, and it was unclear whether the agents had intended to serve him with a subpoena. He declined to comment through a spokesman.
The corruption investigation came to light two weeks ago. Initially a largely federal effort, it has centered on the activities of two businessmen, Jona Rechnitz and Jeremy Reichberg. Mr. Rechnitz raised money for the mayor’s election in 2013, and he and his wife also made personal donations. That inquiry is being conducted by federal prosecutors in Manhattan, the F.B.I., and the city’s Investigation Department. Those agencies, and the Manhattan district attorney’s office, all declined to comment.
The subpoenas issued this week, the people said, sought all communications with the mayor’s office and documents regarding solicitations, donors and donations to the Campaign for One New York, a nonprofit group that supported the mayor’s agenda. Mr. Offinger had served as the group’s finance director.
The group, which Mr. de Blasio shut down last month, has drawn the ire of government watchdog groups, which said it created “a shadow government” of lobbyists and businesses with interests before city government. Mr. Rechnitz donated $50,000 to the group through a company he controls, and Mr. Reichberg held a fund-raiser for the group. A spokesman for the Campaign for One New York also declined to say whether it had received a subpoena.”
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