Brooklyn GOP Still Awaiting Check from Bloomberg
One thing unmentioned at the recent controversial Brooklyn GOP County Committee Convention was the recent bestowal of more Bloomberg funds to the New York County GOP: an additional $50k on top of the original $50k given to the party in exchange for the Wilson Pakula.
Apparently, “it was support that (Bloomberg) had pledged to give all the county organizations throughout the campaign,” said the Executive Director of the New York GOP. That should mean more money is on the way for Brooklyn…but where is it? Has it turned up yet?
Controversial Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig “The Duke” Eaton failed to mention this fact at the convention, in spite of issuing glowing praise for the would-be third-term Mayor. This leads us here at Atlas to ask the question: where is the money?
We don’t know, but we’ll be keeping a close eye out for any new developments on this front. Meanwhile, we invite a response from Chairman Eaton on what has happened to these funds.
Here is the original story from The Daily Politics blog:
Bloomberg’s Line Dance
By Elizabeth Benjamin
Running on the GOP ballot line turns out to be more expensive than has been previously reported – at least for Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-independent Mayor Bloomberg.
Back in July, I reported that Bloomberg had contributed $50,000 to each of the give GOP county committees in the wake of the decision by their respective chairs to stop stalling and let the mayor run for a third time on Row B.
At the time, the total – $50,000 x 5 = $250,000 – matched up with the amount Bloomberg contributed to the city Independence Party about a month after its leaders voted to let the mayor run for a third time on their line (Row C), too.
But, a sharp-eyed reader recently brought to my attention the fact that the New York County GOP, which at one point seemed poised to cast the deciding vote for Bloomberg but ended up being the last to vote, had received another $50,000 contribution from the mayor on Sept. 22.
New York GOP Executive Director Jason Weingartner confirmed the contribution, saying: “It was support that (Bloomberg) had pledged to give all the county organizations throughout the campaign.”
The other counties apparently haven’t filed their financial reports yet, which is why only this one is showing up. As is his habit, Bloomberg made the contribution personally and not from his campaign – a point of contention for his opponent, Democratic nominee Bill Thompson.
A $50,000 check isn’t something GOP county committees come by every day in the city, not even in New York County, which has some pretty well-heeled donors.
“It’s not what I would say our average contribution is,” Weingartner said, adding that the cash will be used for maintenance and operating expenses at the party’s HQ, staffing costs and GOTV efforts.
So, the next question is: Will there be more cash showing up somewhere down the road for the Independence Party?
Bloomberg gave the Indys $250,000 when he ran on their line in 2005. The party’s Jackie Salit told me in advance of this year’s vote that she expected the mayor to be at least as generous this time around – if not more so.
Be sure to come back today for Francisco D’Anconia‘s piece: Détente With Democrats: The Golden Prince.