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