Monday, April 15, 2013

IDC Klien Mess

Klien IDC Smith Mess

Independent Democratic Conference tells state Sen. Malcolm Smith he's no longer welcome(NYDN) Sources said they are in discussions about taking formal action to boot Smith from their ranks. Smith was charged earlier this month in political corruption scandal

Klien's Pay to Play Nursing Home Pork
Senate leader Jeffrey Klein backs law helping state nursing homes while serving as board member for Bronx facility(NYDN)  Bronx Democrat, who pocketed $71,000 in campaign donations from homes, says his position at Morningside Homes is unpaid

 Smith's Arrest Brings State Senate Coalition Into Question(NY1)

Klein Attempts Pork Earmark
Is Schneiderman Going After IDC Kline A Hit On Cuomo?
AG eyes Albany’s crafty ‘grafters’(NYP)

Today Klein Uses the Media to Fight Back Against Corruption Charges
New Effort to Reduce N.Y. Money in Politics(WSJ)State Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leader Jeff Klein plans to propose drastically curbing campaign contribution limits to political candidates in New York, as well as setting up a public matching funds campaign finance system similar to New York City's  Despite Cuomo’s crackdown on new pork-barrel spending, Klein tried to slip four payments totaling $17,500 to a Bronx nonprofit into the new state budget by disguising the payments as a reappropriation of old funds, the New York Daily News writes * Another loophole in law(TU)* Exclu from : Bronx state Sen. attempts pork earmark despite ban* "What's the matter with Albany?" [Anna Sale] * The recent spate of corruption scandals has reignited discussion about term limits for state lawmakers. Cuomo is not a fan.* A complaint has been filed by a Putnam County Democrat with JCOPE against GOP Assemblyman Steve Katz after he was charged last month with marijuana possession and speeding on the state Thruway. * Pace Law School Prof. Bennett Gershman says Cuomo’s Public Trust Act won’t likely curb legislative corruption.
Monday Goo Goos Wine At Pay to Play Klien
Critics stomp on stained wine pol(NYP)  Good-government groups and a fellow Democrat yesterday criticized Bronx state Sen. Jeff Klein for pushing a bill benefiting a national wine distributor that contributed $33,000 to his campaign.* Sen. Jeff Klein lost a key elections law case in 2004 that could have bankrupted his campaign, but didn’t.

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