Monday, July 27, 2009
Follow the Pension Money: NY Magazine Hangs Morris, Rattner Richardson Not Involved?
Follow the Pension Money: NY Magazine Hangs Morris, Rattner Richardson Not Involved?
Let Morris Take the Fall In a long article New York Magazine makes Hank Morris the fall guy, who duped all these rich power Wall Street Moguls into hiring him in exchange for access to pension fund dollars. We all know in any organized crime operation it is the numbers runner that does the crime, not the ring leaders raking in the $$$. Want to buy a bridge? Steve Rattner or Governor Bill Richardson who got campaign contributions from pension funds owners to run for president are not written about once in the long article. Neither is the connection to other major Democratic fundraisers who operated like Morris. Just another example of the media protection of the rich and powerful and setting up a fall guy to take the hit. We always knew there was a reason for NY Magazine to keep publishing. It gone a long way from it ground breaking journalism ways, standing up for the working New Yorkers.
From New York Magazine
Rumpled political consultant Hank Morris had the bright idea of leveraging his connections to sell access to the state’s retirement funds. The scheme made him—along with an all-star cast of powerful New Yorkers—a lot of money. But it also may have made him a felon (Chris Smith)
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