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With a Nod to Atlas, Eaton Charity No Longer Headquartered at Law Firm

November 29, 2009

Atlas is two for oh.

First, we expressed our deep concerns over the horrific Brooklyn GOP website, and our calls were finally heeded last week (despite being an actual downgrade from the previous site). The website has been changed, and while it remains, frankly, grotesque, the Brooklyn GOP’s move for change cannot be considered a coincidence.

Now, we see that Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig “The Duke” Eaton’s charity, the MHE Foundation, has officially changed its address.

Originally located at the address of The Duke’s law firm, Eaton &  Torrenzano, its current listed address is 8019 Harbor View Terrace, Brooklyn, NY.

Comments first started buzzing about this potential conflict of interest back in late August. It was at that time that Chairman Eaton himself appeared on Atlas and issued a scathing commentary against bloggers questioning the use of Eaton’s firm as the headquarters for both the Brooklyn GOP and a not-for-profit organization.

More recently, Hank Rearden linked the troubling connections between State Senator Marty Golden (aka “The Golden Prince”) and The Duke. In his piece, Hank referred to the MHE organization headed by Eaton:

Included in these millions of pork was $5000 to Chairman Craig “The Duke” Eaton’s charity, the MHE Research Foundation. While no one questions donations to good causes (which MHE certainly is, by my assessment), conflict of interest questions arise, given that The Duke has already given $18,000 to The Golden Prince over the past nine years. In fact, one comment posted by an Atlas reader notified us that The Golden Prince and Mayor Bloomberg were both in attendance at a recent MHE Research Foundation event, during which Sen. Golden was honored. It seems somewhat troubling that two men that Eaton received favors from and has personally favored are always nearby. One with sizable donations and the other with a 50k-100k Wilson Pakula vote.


So, it seems that The Duke might finally be listening to Atlas after all–but I wouldn’t bet that any fundamental change in his worldview has occurred. This could have posed a very serious problem for him or his firm if it had been investigated further. Ultimately, this change merely boils down to smart business practices.

But I can’t help but recognize the fact that Atlas had an impact on this.

It’s just an example of what all of us have the power to accomplish if we call for reform and keep working for it.

  1. Sexy Republicana permalink
    November 29, 2009 2:48 pm

    Nice work guys! 😉 Success!

  2. A.S.C permalink
    November 29, 2009 4:23 pm

    “Pound Pavement”, “Pound Pavement”, “Pound Pavement”.

    • Gerry permalink
      November 29, 2009 8:57 pm

      Wow, the party establishment did a number on you. Successful brainwashing! You’re repeating their pathetic mantra lol. That’s the best you can come up with, thugs?

  3. Massimo Fanucci permalink
    November 29, 2009 4:39 pm

    According to, which is the official city government website, has this publicly available information online: 8019 Harbor View Terrace, Brooklyn, NY 11209, is owned by Craig Eaton.

    Borough: Brooklyn; Block:5975 Lot:155
    Police Precinct: 68
    Owner: EATON, CRAIG A.
    Lot Area:4265 sf
    Lot Frontage: 48.08’Lot Depth:100
    Year Built:1930 (estimated)
    Number of Buildings:2; Number of Floors:2.5
    Gross Floor Area:3,936 sf (estimated)
    Residential Units: 1 Total # of Units: 1; Land Use: One and Two Family Buildings
    Zoning: R2; Commercial Overlay; Zoning Map #: 22a

    Has anyone in “Atlas-landia” checked if there are any complaints against him as a lawyer and/or against the law firm by any former clients?

    There is a process for people to utilize or engage if warranted.

    Craig Eaton’s for-profit Eaton and Torrenzano LLP business/law firm as the headquarters for both the Brooklyn GOP, a political organization/party, and a not-for-profit organization, could possibly be problematic. However, a legal tax attorney specialist and/or accountant who specializes in finance, taxes and business accounting would be the best experienced, trained professional to make that determination. This area has many nuances, stipulations and conditions.

    Is anyone out there knowledgeable about the above topic?

  4. Pavement Pounder permalink
    November 29, 2009 4:48 pm

    LOL I love how often the keyboard pounders say pound pavement on this site. So typical for the establishment.

  5. Young GOP Kid permalink
    November 29, 2009 8:55 pm

    Another victory! Eaton is putty in your strong Atlas hands!

    • Russell Gallo permalink
      November 30, 2009 10:38 am

      Wow- get a room maybe?

      • Young GOP Kid permalink
        November 30, 2009 12:11 pm

        Russell, Russell, I could say the same about you and Craig Eaton. At least I’m with the reformers.

      • A.S.C. permalink
        November 30, 2009 12:17 pm

        Pound Pavement, Pound Pavement, Pound Pavement.

  6. Cicero permalink
    November 30, 2009 6:59 am

    Regular readers of the Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn blog and reformers of the Republican persuasion, (and Mr. Eaton is a daily reader of this blog too! although certainly not a reformer himself),

    this is where I’m going > for all the public criticism of Craig Eaton on this blog, the assessments, evaluations, analysis and speculations have been occurring online and in real time because the Chairman himself have either ignorantly or unintentionally or arrogantly (with intention) has given his critics and opponents ample, abundant ammunition and material to exhibit.

    Being in the public arena by choice, and being a person frequently in the news media, the area of private and public matters become “jumbled” or amalgamated. Mr. Eaton himself has brought negative attention to himself. He has “mixed it up” and “quarreled” with a large number of individual Republicans. That is why so many in Brooklyn detest the current KCRP chairman.

    Mr. Eaton didn’t think that he would be a target of so much unfavorable, calamitous and “messy” attention and engrossment.

    “Oh what a tangled web we weave,
    When first we practise to deceive!”
    Sir Walter Scott, Scottish author & novelist (1771 – 1832)

    The MHE charity/foundation, an excellent one, and an endeavor Mr. Eaton and others deserve applause and respect for, is still legally registered at Eaton and Torrenzano LLP, at 1662 Sheepshead Bay Road, OR NY State didn’t yet update the records if Mr. Eaton did make an official change for public and tax records as per “due diligence.”

  7. Gerry permalink
    November 30, 2009 10:57 am

    Excellent research, Cicero! Let’s keep an eye on this one. Last thing our party needs is a very public scandal for our party’s leadership–although that would be the final nail in the coffin.

    By the way, does anyone notice that NO ONE EVER comes onto this site to voice a defense for Chairman Eaton? Not a single positive comment. All he merits from skeptics is a lukewarm reconciliatory gesture.

    Craig Eaton is without friends in the Brooklyn GOP, and for good reason. He has burnt bridges, alienated good Republicans, and lost winnable elections by his ego-driven mania and acidic personality.

    If our party is to have any name in this borough, Eaton must be stopped at all costs.

    He cannot be trusted to lead. His recent failures have proven that.

  8. Disgruntled reader permalink
    November 30, 2009 12:08 pm

    When are we ever going to focus our attention on defeating the Democrats. The Chair is not on the ballot.

    • Gerry permalink
      November 30, 2009 12:15 pm

      No, but how will we defeat democrats with such a failure in a position of leadership?

  9. Disgruntled Reader. permalink
    November 30, 2009 12:22 pm

    You think the Dems are any better?

    • Tommy Nast permalink
      November 30, 2009 9:24 pm

      The Dems win elections; the Republicans don’t. Their leadership can’t suck as badly as ours in that case. You should get more disgruntled with the failed leaders of the party.

      • Disgruntled reader permalink
        November 30, 2009 11:50 pm

        Are you saying you would join the Democrats.

  10. Staten Island Republican permalink
    November 30, 2009 11:46 pm

    The Brooklyn chairman has no right and no business sticking his nose over the bridge where it does not belong. Friscia can’t stand him and takes offense that this guy from Brooklyn thinks he’s the “boss”. What the hell, Brooklyn only plays a small part in Staten Island politics.
    Brooklyn get out of Staten Island!

  11. Staten Island Republican permalink
    December 1, 2009 12:42 am

    At least my vultures don’t eat their young and cannabalize themselves.


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