Sunday, November 17, 2013

Dark Pools Lobbyists Campaign Consultants and Dirty Money 667a

After All This Cuomo Double Dipping On Developers $$$ Both Union and No Union 
Attorney for anti-union construction group to fundraise for Cuomo (PolitiaNY) The hosts are listed as the Gerstmans and David and Heather Schwartz. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is scheduled to make an appearance, according to the invitation. It’s not clear whether Cuomo himself will attend.  Brad Gerstman and David Schwartz are the founding partners at Gotham and represent some developers who have been in the news lately. State records indicate their firm lobbies for 400 Times Square Associates LLC, which is reportedly using non-union labor to develop a hotel at 577 Ninth Ave., where a construction worker recently died. As of last month, Gerstman was also an attorney for the Rinaldi Group, a building contractor whose license was pulled for running unsafe job sites.

The city launched an investigation into Rinaldi after a worker perished at a Rinaldi construction site in Midtown. Gerstman is also frontman for BuildingNYC, a group launched this month that advocates against union construction labor. From NY Observer But Mr. Cuomo handed Mr. LaBarbera the ultimate trump card over the real estate industry in June: the 421a tax credit for developers, which many builders regard as essential to all new construction in the city, and which came up for renewal this spring. After weeks of ads and lobbying from union-backed groups like UP4NYC, the governor, Mr. Heastie and Mr. Flanagan reached an agreement: the abatement would expire in six months unless Real Estate Board of New York and the Building Trades Council could come to an agreement on new pay floors to be written into the tax credit. Was it a reward for Mr. LaBarbera backing the governor up in his spat with public employees unions years ago? Or was the union leader just the beneficiary of Mr. Cuomo’s continuing war with Mr. de Blasio? Probably nobody knows—and it’s unlikely Mr. LaBarbera and his members care. The days before the January 15 deadline are now swiftly draining away with no agreement in sight, leaving the Building Trades Council and REBNY in a game of chicken. But unlike REBNY President John Banks, Mr. LaBarbera has no incentive to blink.*  Cuomo is taking blood money from anti-union grouplinked to worker deaths

Dark Pool Campaign $$$

Dark Poll Consultants Moves to Kill Moreland Subpoena

Strategic Advantage International President Daniel Odescalchi, a consultant tied to a sketchy nonprofit that targeted Senate Democrats with attack mailings, is fighting a subpoena from the Moreland Commission.  Consultant Tied To 'Ghost Company' Files Challenge To Anti-Corruption Panel Subpoena(NYDN) A consultant tied to a sketchy non-profit organization that targeted state Senate Democrats with attack mailings is fighting a subpoena from Gov. Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission. Strategic Advantage International President Daniel Odescalchi filed the legal challenge to quash the subpoena in Manhattan state Supreme Court on Tuesday. The group worked with Virginia-based non-profit Common Sense Principles in targeted various state Senate Democrats in the 2010 and 2012 elections. Kevin Wright and Chris LaCivita, who is a GOP strategist tied to Swift Boat Vets. Democrats have raised the possibility that Common Sense Principles was working in cahoots with the Senate GOP, something the Republicans deny. The commission in its recent preliminary report highlighted the Virginia-based Common Sense Principles and its attack ads against Senate Democrats in 2012 as part of the problem with “independent expenditure” groups that can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money as long as their efforts are not coordinated with a specific campaign. “This daisy chain of out-of-state corporations and ‘ghost companies’ appears to exist for one reason: to hide the source of money used to fund negative advertising and influence our local elections,” the commission report said. “Even this commission, armed with subpoena power, still has been unable to track down the sources of the torrent of money flowing into and within our state.”* Judge Signs Off On March 17 Adjournment For Moreland Case(YNN)

De Blasio accused of coordinating with anti-Quinn Super PAC(NYP) A GOP political activist filed a complaint with the Campaign Finance Board accusing Bill de Blasio and key allies of illegally operating a super PAC that spent more than $1 million attacking Christine Quinn in the Democratic primary race for mayor. E. O’Brien Murray, a political consultant and adviser to Lhota’s campaign, filed a complaint with the Campaign Finance Board, accusing de Blasio of coordinating with a super PAC attacking Christine Quinn in the Democratic primary, * State Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein said he would aggressively push for de Blasio’s proposed New York City tax hike on those making more than $500,000, putting him at odds with Senate Republicans and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the Daily News’ Ken Lovett reports: * Actor Harry Belafonte, a longtime supporter of de Blasio, referred to wealthy conservative industrialists Charles and David Koch as “white supremacists,” while introducing de Blasio at a church on Sunday, The New York Times writes: 

The Secret Dark Pool of Campaign Consultant/Lobbyists

Double whammy (NYDN Ed)
Shadowy UFT spending undermines campaign finance laws

Who Side Are You On . . .  Gaming NYC Politics

Permanent Government
Stealing NYC
CrainsNY reporter Chris Bragg has done a great investigative job exposing how lobbyist/consultant the Advance Group was on both sides of many campaigns by using IE PACS and fake to run the UFT PAC. The Advance Group is also the lobbyist for the NYC Hotel and Motel Trades Council.  The Hotel Council ran a PAC that Spent $410,000 to make Quinn NYC's next mayor. The Advance Group ran a PAC that attacked Quinn. Anti-Quinn Group Set for Two Final Weeks of Battle - The Epoch Times The Advance Group's stable of clients include the anti-horse carriage group NYCLASS which spent 300,000 on anti-Quinn ads.

The Secret World of Dark Pools Lobbyist/Political Consultant
The Hotel Council and their lobbyists the Advance Groups working against and for Quinn is all part of the NYC's Dark Pool politics Where political operators in the shadows work on more than one side in the same race.  Those operating in the dark pool use state's out dated election law to hide the  evidence that they are working against their clients. If the Moreland Commission ever gets around to sending a subpoena to the democratic senate campaign committee they would find that some of the $2 million it paid the Parkside Group found it way to other campaign consultants /lobbyists.  What happens in the dark pools of politics is that consultants/lobbyists trade favors with each other.  If George Artz needed support for one of his lobbyists clients, he just throws some work to the lobbyists consultants who deliver their stable of elected officials.  Consultants/lobbyists have cut up the city and clients the same way the mob did in the 50's at the Apalachin meeting. In this dark trading pool elected officials are for hire. So if the feds puts some of them in jail, it will not stop the corruption cancer destroying democracy in New York.  It is sad that the press is not covering Bragg's Crains investigation of the Advance Group.  More reporting will expose the root cause for corruption, not just the pols carrying water campaign consultant/lobbyists.  The press avoiding Bragg's ChainsNY story reminds me of the boy in Flatbush who watched the roaches run for dear life when he turn the light on.

It is very clear that Wall Street has Dark Pools where traders operate beyond the regulators.  What is not clear is that their are also Dark Pool where lobbyists, campaign consultants and elected officials make  deals with each other undermining democracy hidden from public view.* "The super PAC for the city teachers union may have violated campaign finance rules by not disclosing spending details for a robocall sent to voters during the 2013 primary elections, GothamSchools has found." [Geoff Decker] * "Questions Raised Over U.F.T. Campaign Filing" [Beth Fertig] * U.F.T. president Michael Mulgrew explains his union's campaign spending. [WNYC via SoundCloud] * The super PAC for the UFT may have violated campaign finance rules by not disclosing spending details for a robocall sent to voters during the 2013 primary elections

City and State Loser of the Week
Scott Levenson – Levenson’s consulting firm, The Advance Group, appears to have found a sure-fire way to come out on top in campaigns: secretly represent both sides! That’s what seems to have happened in the race for New York City Council between Yetta Kurland and Corey Johnson. On one hand, The Advance Group was getting paid to run an independent expenditure for the animal rights group NYCLASS supporting Kurland; on the other it appears to have been promoting Johnson’s candidacy through an IE paid for by the UFT via a company called Strategic Consultants—apparently a dummy shell corporation set up to obscure the Advance Group’s double-dealing. With consultants like that …


Organized Crime Politics: 
The New Tammany Hall

Operating in Secret Dark Pools A Mob of Campaign Consultants/ Lobbyists Coup d'État of New York Government Goes Unreported

Political Goodfellas

Eight campaign consultants all but one are also lobbyists, have monopolized NYC elections system that only the Justice Department using the Sherman Antitrust Act can bust.  These consultants run every important campaign in New York.  The campaign monopoly is only part of a conspiracy that is not only about who gets elected.  It is also part of a second conspiracy to make money off of government as lobbyist or insiders. There is serious evidence of illegal coordination between the Independent Expenditure PACs and consultants. The data of big 8 working together is massive.  In the 20 competitive races for the city council this year’s these big 8 consultants helped 98 of the 54 competitive candidates in those races.  Consultants were able to help more candidates in the races by being on more than one side in the same race. They don't only compete with each other as one would think.  

A Government and Campaign Monopoly That Sabotages Democracy
Sen. John Sherman Author of the Sherman Antitrust Act
In this monopoly consultants work with each other at the same time they are oppose them in other races.  Some consultants help other consultant’s candidates often at the expense of their own clients. Two Consultant Lobbyists the Advance Group and the Parkside Group were involved in every competitive council race and even some that did not have races through Independent Expenditure PACs they control. These IE PACS have muscled their way in to having seats at the table along the Democratic Party bosses that will pick the next council speaker.  The big 8 along with the special interests whose millions fund PACs, have sabotage the whole idea of local representation and local elections. The pols are more loyal to the centralized campaign consultants and their money backers, the new ruling class, than they are to the voters in their districts. The consultants work like Wall Street investors who trade in dark pools beyond the control of regulators. In NY's dark pool campaign consultants/lobbyists, special interests and elected officials make deals with each other hidden from public view. To understand the reasons for the takeover you must also be aware that the business opportunities for consultants don’t end on primary or election day. In an excellent investigation of the dangers the newly elected Cuomo would face from lobbyist, Wayne Barrett wrote in  the Village Voice in 2010. that campaign consultant lobbyist "Sheinkopf one of the worse consultant lobbyist, makes kings so he can then make deals with the kings he’s made." 

The New Apalachin Crime Summit, 56 Years Later

These same big 8 consultants also have the same monopolized control of citywide, state election and law enforcement elections. There operating model resembles organize crime after the Apalachin crime meeting. That 1957 meeting included over 100 mobsters including "Joe the Barber," divided the illegal operations of loan sharking, narcotics trafficking and gambling  controlled by the late Albert Anastasia.  The big 8 include: the Advance Group, the Parkside Group/Marathon Strategies (join at the hip), Berlin Rosen, Mercury Public Affairs, Brandford Communications, George Arzt, Multi-Media, Hudson TJ and Red Horse. Like the Apalachin mobsters the consultants/lobbyist has divided up New York to control the government and rake in corrupt lobbying dollars. Also like the mobsters the big 8 may even be about the law.

Nobody Left to Investigate the Consultant Monopoly

Big 8 Consultants Work for Law Enforcement Also
The big 8 mob were involved in electing every city and state law enforcement official. If democracy is every going to be restored to New Yorkers the feds must put council candidates under oath to find out the backroom deals the consultants/lobbyists and candidates have made with each other during the 2013 election.   Berlin Rosen worked for AG Schneiderman. Red Horse works for Brooklyn DA nominee Ken Thompson.  His opponent was represented in the primary by George Arzt, Advance and Brandford. Manhattan DA Vance was represented by Red Horse. Queens DA Brown who never had races works with Marc Guma who worked with Marathon Strategies in the Quinn Campaign.  Bronx DA Johnson has Brandford working for him.

The Big 8 as Lobbyists Do A Lot of Damage to New Yorkers

Both Mercury and George Artz have been lobbyists for Hewlett-Packard which was the main contractor of the city's 911 emergency system that crashes a lot. The city 911 system is now being sued by the parents of 4-year-old Ariel Russo who claim she died because an ambulance to take the little girl to the hospital was delayed by a 911 crash.  Arzt is also the flack for Excell's One 57 that got tax breaks from Albany to build a 75-story luxury skyscraper. One57 tax break is contributing to pushing the middle class our of Manhattan and raising rents in Brooklyn.  Parkside got away with making millions off of the council's member items and slush fund. The Advance Group according to a series written by CrainsNY used its control of PAC to be on more than one side in a race, even working against clients who hired his firm.  Berlin Rosen worked for the same client, Bruce Ratner as indicted Melvin Lowe and convicted Kruger flack Richard J Lipsky promising affordable housing where none exists today. 

Using PAC the Big 8 Has Gamed New York Democracy, By Controlling Elections 

Parkside working for The Real Estate Board of New York's PAC Jobs4NY worked for and against 35 candidates in the 20 competitive council races.  The Advance Group working through 4 PACs NYCLASS, United for the Future, Citizen Action and Hotel Workers for A Strong Middle Class worked for 27 of candidates in the 20 competitive council campaigns. Of the 21 candidates supported by Parkside Jobs4NY 17 were run by the big 8. Another candidate Dickens who had no race is running for speaker and some Jobs4NY money went to a republican candidate. Of the 44 council candidates supported by PAC in which Advance worked for or had a relationship with 34 when to candidates run by the Big 8.  Half of the other 10 went to incumbent candidates who had no races. The big 8 worked for council candidates who may be running for speaker, who had no races.  Berlin Rosen Daniel Garodnick, Red Horse and Hudson TDG James Vacca, Hudson TG Mark Weprin. Multi-Media run by newspaper publisher Michael Nussbaum have been doing printing for the Parkside Group for years in the dark pools because state election law does not require subcontractors are reported. Red Horse worked alongside Parkside for DSCC where Melvin Lowe was indicted this week for fake printing invoices. Red Horse has at least 20 interest group clients. This summer the New York World reported Hudson TG LLC – offer lobbying services to represent special interests with the officials they have sometimes helped to get elected. The only campaign consultant that does not directly lobby is Brandford Communications. But Brandford's Ernie Lendler did pull a Melvin Lowe when he gave convicted Brooklyn Boss Norman fake invoices.  Lendler did not get indicted in exchanged for testifying against Norman Background on the Big 8 Consultants as Lobbyists * CrainsNY on the Advance Groups Double Dipping (CrainsNY)

The Big 8 Also Dominated In Citywide, Borowide and Democratic State Races

Comptroller candidate Scott Stringer had several of the Big 8 working for him: Advance Group, George Arzt, Multi-Medi and Marathon Strategies.  Cuomo had Advance, Red Horse, Marathon Strategies and Marc Guman working for him. Controller DiNapli had Red Horse working for him. New York Democratic State Senate Committee employed 4 of the big 8 Parkside Group, Berlin Rosen, Brandford Communications, Red Horse. Queens BP Katz had Red Horse, George Arzt, Multi-Media and Hudson. Vallone had Mercury. Brooklyn BP Adams had Red Horse even though he had no race. Bronx BP Diaz also had no race but had Red Horse, Advance Group and Brandford. Manhattan BP Lappin had Red Horse and Marathon Strategies; Menin had George Arzt and Berlin Rosen; Jackson had Advance.  The winning Manhattan BP candidate Gail Brewer had none of the Big Eight working for her. A lesion of their real value?  Tish James had Hudson TG and Red Horse joined in the runoff. Daniel Squardron Brandford and Berlin. Reshma had Red Horse

20 Competitive Council Races
Out of 54 Candidate the 8 Consultants Worked for 98 candidates
Consultants 35 Candidates, Parkside PAC 36 Candidates, Advance PACs 27 Candidates
1CD  Red Horse, Parkside PAC (2), Advance PACs HWSMC, CA; 3CD Berlin Rosen, Advance Group and Mercury Public Affairs, Advance PACs UF, CA; 5CD George Artz. Parkside Jobs4NY PAC, Advance PAC NYCLASS; 6CD  Berlin Rosen, George Artz,  Red Horse, Advance PAC UF; 7CD Advance Group and Hudson TD, Parkside Jobs4NY PAC, Advance PACs UF, NYCLASS; 10CD Advance Group, Advance PAC UF; 11CD Branford Communications, Advance PAC UF; 16CD Brandford Communications, Parkside Jobs4NY PAC (2), Advance PAC UF;  

19CD Red Muliti, Berlin Mercury, Parkside Jobs4NY PAC (3), Advance PACs UF, NYCLASS; 22CD Muli-Media, Parkside PAC(3), Advance PAC UF; 24CD Berlin Rosen, Red Horse, Parkside Jobs4NY  PAC, Advance PAC UF; 27CD Muli-Media Red Horse, Parkside Jobs4NY PAC (3), Advance PAC UF; 34CD Red Horse, Parkside Jobs4NY PAC (3), Advance PACs UF, CA; 35CD Advance Group, Parkside Jobs4NY PAC (3); 36CD Red Horse, Belin Rosen, Parkside Jobs4NY PAC (4), Advance PAC UF; 37CD Advance Group, Parkside Jobs4NY PAC, Advance PACs UF, NYCLASS; \38CD Hudson TG, Red Horse, Parkside Jobs4NY PAC (2), Advance PACs CA, HWSMC; 46CD Brandford Communications, Parkside Jobs4NY PAC (2), Advance PAC UF; 47CD Berlin Rosen. Advance Group. Hudson TG, Parkside Jobs4NY PAC (2), Advance PAC UF; 48CD Advance Group, Mercury Public Affairs. Hudson TG. Brandford, Communications, Parkside Jobs4NY PAC (4), Advance PACs UF, CA

15 Council Incumbents Had No Race
The big 8 consultants worked for 7 of the 15 candidates who had no races.  PACs connected to the Advance Group contributed to 9 of the 15 candidates with no races.
4ICD  Berlin Rosen; 13ICD Red Horse, Advance PAC UF; 20ICD None; 21ICD None; 23ICD None, Advance PAC UF; 25ICD Muli-Media; 26ICD Hudson TG; 29ICD Hudson TG, Advance PAC UF; 30ICD Berlin Rosen, Advance PAC UF; 32ICD None, Advance PAC UF; 39ICD None, Advance PAC UF; 43CD None; 45ICD None, Advance PAC UF; 49ICD Brandford Communications, Advance PAC UF; 51ICD None, Advance PAC UF 

16 Blow Out Council Races (11 Incumbents)
The big 8 worked for 8 of the 16 candidates who had blow out elections
2CD None, Advance PAC UF, CA; 8ICD None, Advance PAC NYCLASS; 9ICD Parkside PAC (2), Advance PAC UF; 12CD Parkside PAC, Advance PAC UF; 14ICD Brandford Communications, Parkside Jobs4NY PAC17ICD None; 18ICD Red Horse, Advance PAC UF; 28ICD Berlin Rosen; 31ICD Berlin Rosen, Parkside Jobs4NY PAC, Advance PAC UF; 32CD Red Horse, Advance PAC UF; 33ICD Berlin Rosen, Advance PAC UF; 40ICD None, Advance PAC UF; 41ICD None; 42CD Hudson TG, Advance PAC UF; 44ICD None; 50CD None

The Tyranny Makers
Public Advocate: Brandford Communications, Berlin Rosen, Red Horse, Hudson TD, Advance HWSMC; Comptroller: Berlin Rosen, George Arzt, Multi-Media, Marathon Strategies; Mayor Berlin Rosen, Marathron Strategies, Marc Guma, SKD Knickerbocker; Brooklyn BP No Race: Red Horse; Bronx BP No Race: Brandford Communciations, Red Horse, Advance Group; Queens BP: Red Horse, Hudson TV, Multi-Media, George Arzt, Mercury Public  Affairs; Manhattan BP: Red Horse, Marathon Strategies, Marc Guma, Advance, Berlin Rosen, George Arzt; Brooklyn DA: Red Horse, Advance Group, Bedford Communications, George Arzt Manhattan DA No Race: Red Horse, Marc Guma Queens DA: Marc Guma; Bronx DA: Brandford Communications; NYSSC:   Parkside Group, Berlin Rosen, Brandford Communications, Red Horse Guma AG: Berlin Rosen, SKDKickerbocker; NYS Comptroller: Red Horse; NYS Governor: Marc Guma, Marathron Strategies, Red Horse, Advance Group

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