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How To Squander Money You Didn’t Earn (Part 3)

August 25, 2009

In the third post on “How To Squander Money You Didn’t Earn: Brooklyn’s Guide to Republican Party Finance,” I’ll be going over charitable donations and political donations.  (Any and all information can be viewed at of the NYS Board of Elections website).


Only one person that received a political donation from the KCRP was from Kings County. The Chairman has clearly chosen his favorites, regardless of the fact that there are many good Republican candidates from Brooklyn that can put up a competitive race in the upcoming elections. The Bronx County Republican Party received a $1600.00 donation. It is no secret that Jay Savino, the Bronx County Chair and Craig Eaton (a.k.a. the Duke of Bay Ridge) are good buddies. Look who flew together to St. Paul, Minnesota to the Republican National Convention!  As an aside, it is interesting to note that $342.00 is listed as “gifts” from the Convention.

The NYS Republican Senate Committee received $2500.00, at this point questionable at best. Two Staten Island politicians received funds, $200.00 for Andrew Lanza, and $250.00 for James Oddo, neither one in the past has shown any interest in Brooklyn or their constituency where applicable. A Robert Hornack received $250.00 for his candidacy for Queens Borough President: why? These Republican candidates are outside of Kings County, and in the past have done nothing to grow the KCRP. There is obviously no need for the Chairman to support candidates outside the borough, when it is quite obvious that the KCRP cannot take care of its own, or does the Chairman feel that many Brooklyn candidates, aside from one, are not worthy enough of any support? The creampuff of political donations goes to State Senator Martin J. Golden for $1650.00. Factor in the $1600.00 that went for renting space at the Bay Ridge Manor–a business that the Senator has a vested interest in–and the grand total is $3250.00 for the Senator.


While any type of charitable donations can normally be considered a good thing, it seems the Chairman likes to do too much of a good thing, especially with such a tight budget to work with. The Chairman has clearly overstepped his bounds on deciding who the KCRP should donate to and to what purpose.

Over $1400.00 was donated to a Catholic organization known as the Cathedral Club, of which the Chairman and many other members of the KCRP are members. Please view It is also very coincidental that this money was donated around the time of this organization’s annual dinner.

Another $1,150.00 was donated to St. Mark’s R.C. Church, as well as $300.00 to Xaverian H.S, and $2000.00 to Heartshare Human Services, and other Catholic groups.  Only two organizations that received funds from the KCRP are non-denominational: $700.00 to the Bay Ridge Community Council, and $200.00 to Bridge to Youth. All of these organizations do very good work and are deserving of much more. The question that can be raised is everyone that is part of the KCRP of the same religious affiliation? Probably not.  The KCRP is made up of people from many different backgrounds and religious denominations. It does not seem fair that the Chairman favors one religious affiliation over another.

A good point to consider is that perhaps these funds were dispersed from the KCRP in order to make up for shortfalls in budgetary reductions from certain elected Republican officials that are no longer in the majority.

Next up: professional services and the 2009 Lincoln Dinner.

  1. Osher permalink
    August 25, 2009 7:26 pm

    When I donated money to my local GOP county committee I thought it was going towards strengthening and growing the Republican Party inBrooklyn, little did I know…..

  2. Maya Karpinski permalink
    August 25, 2009 7:55 pm

    In addition to the above, the Brooklyn Republican Party organization is being operated and run out of Chairman Eaton’s private law firm practice, Eaton & Torrenzano LLP, located at 1662 Sheepshead Bay Rd., Brooklyn, NY 11235 (which is the same address for the KCRP).

    Mr. Eaton, Esq., was admitted to the NYS Bar in 1986. He has a firm partner, Jay Torrenzano, Esq., admitted in 1986. Both attended New York Law School in Manhattan.

    The law practice specializes in personal injury, commercial and residential real estate and general business law.

    Are the law firm’s clerical, white collar employees performing work for the KCRP?

    Furthermore, there is a tax exempt non-profit organization, the MHE Research Foundation, registered to this office as per

    The information above is publically available.

    There are no accusations being made here by this poster.

    Just some information that should be considered when various readers make their own conclusions as it pertains to How To Squander Money You Didn’t Earn (Parts 1 to 3).

    • maya karpinski permalink
      December 17, 2010 11:40 am

      Hi Maya,

      We share the same name. What is your middle name and where are your parents from? Curious, hopefully not to intrusive questions.

      Thank you for all your time and consideration,


  3. Jim Attera permalink
    August 25, 2009 8:42 pm

    How much did Eaton give to that crook Smith?

  4. Marcus permalink
    August 27, 2009 7:19 pm

    “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive”
    Quote by Sir Walter Scott (Scottish Novelist, Poet, Historian and Biographer, 1771-1832)

    Who knows what is really going on within the KCRP. It seems plausible that the “Duke of Bay Ridge” yields a great deal of power within and over the KCRP organization

    It may be strange that the KCRP Chair is operating the county organization out of his private, for profit law firm office. Both entities (and maybe more) are located at 1662 Sheepshead Bay Road. That’s not prudent or wise due to possible conflicts of interests and influence peddling that could compromise and skew the Party and decision making at the top levels.

    The law firm specializes in personal injury, commercial and residential real estate and general law cases. Both partners are members of the NYS Bar and were admitted in 1986.

    The poster doesn’t know what the reality is….but its possible unethical things may have been going on. Irregularities and misdeeds? Perhaps. Or maybe it’s all baloney (i.e., b/s)

  5. CRAIG EATON permalink
    August 28, 2009 10:29 am

    Shame on you Maya and Marcus for not doing your research – but that is not your strong suit. You have now crossed the line, implying that there are some “misdeeds” going on with a foundation called the MHE Research Foundation. The facts are as follows: My 14yr old son suffers from an extremely rare bone disease called Multiple Hereditary Exestoses and has undergone over 15 operations in his short 14 years on this earth. All requiring weeks and months of pain, discomfort, disruption of his teenage life, recuperation, physical therapy, and medical visits. Most recently, in July of this year, he had surgery on his left arm and his left leg, requiring casts and physical therapy for weeks, with the physical therapy continuing through this day-not easy to ambulate with a cast on your left arm AND leg. It is a painful and debilitating disease, unfortunately for which my son endures a great deal of pain, suffering, and discomfort, that you both should only know. You should do some more due diligence before you defame and allege unethical behavior on my part. But that would be too hard. You just choose to sit in an armchair and defame, blame and cast aspursions. Know further, that I formed this foundation with my wife and other afflicted individuals to raise funds to help find a cure for this disease so others will not have to endure the suffering that my child endures on a daily basis. And through the foundation, we have aided and assisted hundreds of parents, whose young children, some infants, have been born with this heart wrenching disease. We give them support over the phone and in person to guide them through the trauma of the realization that their children will have to undergoe multiple surgeries and other medical procedures throughout their lives and maybe even suffer some significant limb length discrepancy or disability – all for free, all without cost or any expense to them. And then we hold medical conferences around the US every few years where we bring together medical professionals from around the world to discuss the disease and to work cohesively with a hope of finding a cure. I do not get a salary or any compensation from MHE, only the benefit of knowing that the MHE and my wife and I make a difference in the lives of those afflicted.

    Stick to the GOP issues, I have nothing to hide there – but shame on you Marcus and Maya for bringing my personal life and the MHE into your shameful, disgraceful anonymous attacks on me. You should count yourself blessed that you do not have such an affliction. I just hope that you both, and your family members, never endure the suffering
    that my son has. If you did your homework you would have found all of this out, but homework and due diligence are not your strong suits – just lies, falsehoods and defaming individuals, now that is your strength.

    When it is discovered who you really are, I would like to look both of you in the face and find out how proud you are for having “implied”, again without doing any due diligence, the misdeeds that I am doing with the MHE Foundation. I hope I cleared this up for you. And since you are so forthright and true, why not make a donation, so that you too can make a difference, something you have yet to do.

    You should both hide in shame and hope you never face what my family has faced with this disease.

  6. Dagny Taggart permalink
    August 29, 2009 12:04 am

    That’s very sad to hear about your son’s condition, Chairman Eaton, and it’s wonderful that you and your wife are working hard to help others.

    Still, I’m not sure why you took those comments as an attack against your family. The reality is that, as Chairman, it’s a valid question to ask about how you manage your business, party headquarters and a tax-exempt not-for-profit in the same space. I don’t think Republicans want a scandal in their midsts if Dems bring out tax issues against the party.

    As for these other points, what do you have to say about them while we have you? Why did you spend the money the way you have?


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