Thursday, July 24, 2014
*I have no idea how "green" Gore's big house is and don't care.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Still one has to imagine that so many of them must have led lives of extreme comfort, almost unimaginably. I mean, is that hard to imagine being a bit down on your luck? To imagine being sick and not being able to pay for medical care? To imagine that you're one pissed off boss away from losing your cushy Fox gig?
With Albany rocked by a seemingly endless barrage of scandals and arrests, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo set up a high-powered commission last summer to root out corruption in state politics. It was barely two months old when its investigators, hunting for violations of campaign-finance laws, issued a subpoena to a media-buying firm that had placed millions of dollars’ worth of advertisements for the New York State Democratic Party.Update (thanks to commenters!): Zepyhr Teachout to Andrew Cuomo: Resign Now
The investigators did not realize that the firm, Buying Time, also counted Mr. Cuomo among its clients, having bought the airtime for his campaign when he ran for governor in 2010.
Word that the subpoena had been served quickly reached Mr. Cuomo’s most senior aide, Lawrence S. Schwartz. He called one of the commission’s three co-chairs, William J. Fitzpatrick, the district attorney in Syracuse.
“This is wrong,” Mr. Schwartz said, according to Mr. Fitzpatrick, whose account was corroborated by three other people told about the call at the time. He said the firm worked for the governor, and issued a simple directive:
“Pull it back.”
The subpoena was swiftly withdrawn. The panel’s chief investigator explained why in an email to the two other co-chairs later that afternoon.
“They apparently produced ads for the governor,” she wrote.