Follow the money

Blue Island, IL

#1 Aug 14, 2013
Subpoenas for Albany
Published: August 13, 2013

Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York warned legislators earlier this year that if they failed to pass crucial reforms, including public financing of political campaigns, then he would establish a commission to investigate and subpoena public officials suspected of misconduct.

True to form, the legislators did nothing, so last month the governor, working with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, created the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption. The commission has already issued subpoenas and demanded that relevant government agencies preserve all their records for later investigation. Not least among these agencies is the State Board of Elections, which is notorious for not enforcing the state’s already inadequate campaign finance laws.

“We’re going to follow the money, wherever it goes,” promised the Nassau County district attorney, Kathleen Rice, the co-chairwoman of the commission. One obvious area of investigation is the link between campaign contributions and legislation — in particular, any connections between real estate developers who received a huge tax break in January, after contributing millions of dollars to Albany lawmakers.

Common Cause New York last week issued a report showing how developers in New York City have essentially gamed the system, using a loophole that allows them to create numerous limited liability corporations with each contributing the maximum allowed for an individual. The governor as well as legislators have benefited from this. On Jan. 8, for instance, Glenwood Management gave $225,000 to Governor Cuomo in checks of $25,000 each from nine separate LLCs, Common Cause found. Other companies use the same device to give to legislators upstate who then vote for New York City real estate interests.

The payoff often comes in legislation. In January, legislators slipped a few sentences into a housing bill that gave tax breaks worth millions to several developers, including a property tax exemption — worth perhaps $50 million over 10 years — for the developer of One57, a 90-story luxury apartment building in Manhattan. This tax break was originally designed to reward developers for building affordable housing outside Midtown. The penthouse in that building recently sold for $90 million.

This is just the kind of behavior that the Moreland Commission should be investigating. If it can unearth enough examples like these it might finally shame New York lawmakers into doing what’s right, not what’s merely lucrative.
Were for Rauner this time

Blue Island, IL

#2 Saturday Aug 23
the corruption never ends

Blue Island, IL

#3 Saturday Aug 23
There on their way

Blue Island, IL

#4 Saturday Aug 23
Paul Revere

Blue Island, IL

#5 Sunday Aug 24
The tactics they use

Blue Island, IL

#6 Sunday Aug 24
Good information is being removed from this site. They are attempting to control the discourse. But, they won't succeed.
Not Voting for Quinn

Chicago, IL

#7 Sunday Aug 24

More reasons not to vote for Quinn.

Blue Island, IL

#8 Monday Aug 25

Orland Park, IL

#9 Monday Aug 25
No more Quinn
No more Rita
Peloquin for Congress thank God that failed
Duped by the Dems

Chicago, IL

#12 Tuesday Aug 26
Quinn ... Listen ? He only listens to Madigan. A gutless, self absorbed wonder that has led this state into the mess it is in. Rauner is a RINO. Time to bail out of Illinois before Obama moves back ....
shake up Springfield

Blue Island, IL

#13 Wednesday Aug 27
Governor Quinn has done a miserable job, of it.

Orland Park, IL

#14 Wednesday Aug 27
We still believe they set up Rod so they could get themselves in position.
How about some names

Blue Island, IL

#15 Sunday Aug 31
Quinn grants 38 clemency petitions

Gov. Pat Quinn has granted 38 clemency petitions, his office announced late Friday afternoon.

The clemencies, 15 of which involved cases in Cook County, were among 124 petitions acted on by the governor. The office inherited more than 2,500 cases built up during former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s tenure.

Quinn’s office said the governor has acted in 3,047 clemency petitions since taking office. He’s granted 1,113 petitions and denied 1,934 petitions.

Each person granted clemency has undergone a criminal background check, Quinn’s office said.

Petitioners can now ask a court to expunge their convictions.
time for a change

Blue Island, IL

#16 Wednesday Sep 3
Voted for Pat in 2010, not voting for him in 2014.

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