How To Squander Money You Didn’t Earn (Part 3)
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 www.elections.state.ny.us of the NYS Board of Elections website).
POLITICAL DONATIONS – $6450.00
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.
CHARITABLE DONATIONS – $5,750.00
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 www.thetablet.org. 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.