Sunday, January 4, 2009

Member Item Slush Fund Cover Up

What If There Had Been A Media Blackout On Watergate?

Member Item Slush Fund
Cover Up
The media, the prosecutors and even the challengers to the 29 incumbents who voted in favor of extending term limits have been strangely silent for months about the Council's criminal member item slush fund scandal - the earmarking of millions of dollars to fictitious organizations in the council's discretionary budget.

Media Switch On Then Off - Slush Fund Story
From a period of two weeks before the indictments of two city council aides to about a month after the arrests, the newspapers hammered away almost every day at the slush fund scandal. From the beginning of April to the the end of May over 100 story and several editorials were published about the scandal and the need for reform, including over two dozen investigative reports that exposed how councilmembers used member items for family, friends and paid off lobbyists for their campaign help. Since the end of May less than a handful of stories have been written about the slush fund, none during and since the debate and vote extending the council's term limits. It is inexplicable that challengers who use the Internet and Facebook for requests for funding, have not tried to use the online community against the media blackout, and to organize against the council's term limits vote.

Slush Fund Coverage Day by Day, April - May
Pork handouts offered to pressure council members to OK congestion plan, April 2, 2008 *** City Council investigated for slush fund, April 3, 2008 *** City Council Speaker's "Slush Fund" Investigated, April 3, 2008 *** Slush Fund Scandal May Drag Quinn To Court *** City Council invented phony charities to hide more than $17M, aides say, April 3 *** Christine Quinn Joins the Scandal Bandwagon, April 3, 2008 *** The Perils of Christine, April 4, 2008 *** NYC City Council Hiding Taxpayer Money, Created a Slush Fund, April 4, 2008 *** NYC pol caught in slush fund probe - April 5, 2008 *** City Comptroller To Audit Council Over Slush Fund - April 9, 2008 *** Discretionary funds in City Council must now be OK'd, April 11, 2008 Speaker Quinn Decides to Talk to a Lawyer, April 12, 2008 *** *** Slush Probers Eye Fraud Rap for Quinn, April 13, 2008 *** Unanswered Questions: City Council's Phantom Funds - April 14, 2008 *** 2 NYC Council workers indicted in slush fund probe -April 16, 2008 *** What Roll Did Chuck Meara Have In Creating The City Council Speaker's Slush Fund, April 16, 2008 *** Council member in funding flap, April, 17, 2008 *** SLUSH-FUND SHENANIGANS - April 17, 2008 *** Lobbyists’ Role in Council Slush Fund Scandal Probed - April 17, 2008 *** AIDS Groups Have Doubts On Quinn Reforms, April 17, 2008 *** Indictments fall as Quinn eyes reforms in slush fund scandal - April 18, 2008 *** NYC pol caught in slush fund probe, April 18, 2008 *** Quinn Offers Apologies to Council, April 18, 2008 *** City Council scandal has nonprofits nervous, hampers budget talks, April 19, 2008 *** CITY HAUL POLS WANT YOU TO PAY LAW BILLS, April 19, 2008 *** DA weighs charges in City Council slush fund scandal - April 21, 2008 *** Quinn would flush ‘slush fund’ in a budget overhaul proposal - April 22, 2008 *** Daily News Editorial: All in the family - April 22, 2008 *** Brooklyn Pol Put $187G of Your Dough into Wife's Nonprofit, April 22, 2008 *** City Freezes Bronx Councilman’s Million-Dollar Non-Profit Play, April 24, 2008 *** The City Council Operates Under "Afikomen Rules", April 25, 2008 *** Councilman sent $406G to nonprofit with sister on board, April 25, 2008 *** Baez Tied to Council Slush Fund Scandal - April 30, 2008 *** Daily News Editorial: All in the family - April 22, 2008 *** Feds Probing Larry Seabrook Non-Profits in Council Slush Fund Inquiry - April 30, 2008 *** Slush pols look after their own, -April 30, 2008

Bloomberg downplays slush fund scandal, May 2, 2008 *** Papers Filed for Judicial Hearing on City Council Spending, May 3, 2008 *** More slush fund shadiness exposed, May 5, 2008 *** Gifford Miller: Slush-Fund Refugee, May 6, 2008 *** WHILE THE COUNCIL ROILS IN SCANDAL, THE FORMER SPEAKER STAYS MUM, HANGS WITH DEVELOPER CHUM - May 7, 2008 *** Brooklyn councilwoman Darlene Mealy's 25G for nonprofit run by sister tabled, May 11, 2008 *** Once Again, Quinn Tries to End the Funding Furor, May 12, 2008 ***Quinn: SLUSH FUND HELPED ME, May 12, 2008 *** Slush Probers Eye Fraud Rap for Quinn, May 13, 2008 *** More City Hall Slush, This Time From Mayor Bloomberg - May 14, 2008 *** Council slush fund quid quo pro, - May 15, 2008 *** Slush Fund Follies in New York - May 15, 2008 *** Vallone, Sr. subpoenaed in slush probe, May 19, 2008 *** Council slush funds date back to 1998 - June 1, 2008 *** Kendall Stewart - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, June 11, 2008 *** Lobbyists' Role in Council Slush Fund Scandal Probed, June 20, 2008 *** Role of Lobbyists Examined in Council Slush Fund Scandal - June 20, 2008 *** Baez Silent Amid Sea of Controversy, July 10, 2008

Judging the Judges Court of limited appeal: Top legal talent has given up on applying for New York's top bench.

Wall Street Meltdown Forgotten Stories From the Market Meltdown *** Congress gets ready to build stimulus package *** DIRE DEFICITS DAWNING: NY's $15 billion, federal government's a trillion-dollars and in addition, Obama's $800 Billion "stimulus" package *** MADOFF MEMORABILIA SELL-OFF *** MADOFF STAFFERS STILL BEING PAID *** City's Residential permits down 74% in November

Washington Is the Real Target Hamas Rule? *** US Blocks UN Call for Gaza Truce *** In Senate Fight, Law May Be on Burris’ Side *** Congressmen Behaving Badly *** A Donor’s Gift Soon Followed Clinton’s Help *** RANGEL PROBE FACES SHAKEUP - 4 COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO BE REPLACED IN NEW SESSION *** Rangel denies fund pitch tied to panel work *** Bon Jovi to headline fund-raiser for HRC campaign debt *** Bam to sit down with GOP leadership *** Obama needs to lower expectations *** Franken Zeroes In on Senate Win - 225 vote lead over Coleman.

Senate Campaign Kennedy Was Spared Financial Disclosure as a Top Aide at City Schools *** HAMLET ACT HURTS CUOMO'S SENATE BID *** YouTube interview by fifth grader shows a caring and eloquent Caroline Kennedy *** Pols are manipulating her campaign for their own gain.

Albany Many New York politicians moonlight as lifeguards or real estate agents - weak disclosure laws and enforcement - not required to disclose how much they earn *** Albany Watchdog Groups Urge New Ethics Monitors *** *** Millionaires in state's tax cross hairs.

City Hall BLOOMBERG HEADS TO ISRAEL TO SHOW SUPPORT *** $QUEEZED BEEP MARKOWITZ HEDGES ON BLOOMY ELEX NOD *** Mayor's reelection effort will be lacking Kevin Sheekey at least in public *** Mayor starts speaking Spanish *** 3 COUNCIL SPECIAL ELEX DUE *** Special vote planned for vacant City Council seats *** Three Council Seats Up For Grabs On Feb. 24 *** POLITICIANS MUST BE "BLOCKED" FROM SUCCUMBING TO TEMPTATION - Council candidate Carlos Fabara *** Ruling Deals a Setback to Sidewalk Injury Lawsuits in New York *** New Bike Lanes Touch Off Row in Brooklyn *** The United Nations of Queens *** Why it's bad to have a one-party city.

Media Meltdown Star-Ledger says farewell to staffers who took buyouts *** The Kansas City Kansan - the only paper covering Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas - is turning off its presses and going online *** More Newspapers Sharing Content -- Cutting Competition.

It is fair to surmise that newspaper stocks last year got trounced twice as badly as the broader market , because investors have not seen any plausible strategies from publishers to reverse the accelerating declines in readership, advertising and profitability that have been under way since 2006.