Bloomberg's Testimony Saturday Night Live Sketch Material: Watch This Video to Discover How the Real Bloomberg Ran His Campaign
Bloomberg on the Stand: Vague and often "Couldn't Recall"
NYP: "He came across as a startlingly hands-off campaign money manager."
Mike ‘stands’ ground Cool under fire in court testimony. The mayor remained unruffled even when Castello brought up the sensitive topics of the CityTime city-payroll boondoggle and Stephen Goldsmith -- his alleged wife-beating former deputy mayor.
NYS Election Law 14-124 (3)
“Housekeeping” is a term that refers to the receipts and expenditures of a party or constituted committee used to maintain permanent headquarters and staff, and to carry on ordinary activities that are not for the express purpose of promoting the candidacy of specific candidates. (EL 14-124 (3).)"
Bloomberg insisted he was not violating campaign-finance law when he paid for what he thought would be a $1.1 million Election Day ballot-security operation through a donation to the state Independence Party’s housekeeping account. Just to be clear, says David Seifman: “(N)o one writes a check to the state Independence Party except to get something in return.”
The Goldsmith Lie for Leaving
Then, when a question was raised in open court about former Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith, Bloomberg held firm to the press- release version of events that his top aide left to pursue opportunities in infrastructure finance. Of course, Goldsmith would still be here if not for his arrest in a domestic dispute after his wife called 911 from their Washington, DC, home.
No Contracts What Money
Remarkably, the mayor had no recollection of the 2008 donations, made in four separate wire transfers of $150,000 to $500,000 between May and October. Bloomberg also admitted that he never signed a contract with Haggerty, and never ordered an accounting of his spending until questions were raised later.
Mayor, Not Recalling Much, Testifies in Consultant’s Trial (NYT) * On the Stand, a Calm Mayor(WSJ) * Molloy: Bloomberg cool on witness stand during Haggerty trial (NYDN) * Mayor Endures Harsh Cross-Examination In Haggerty Trial(NY1)* Into the Dark Maze of Election Spending (NYT) * Like Putin, Like Bloomberg(NYT) ***10:30PM The Roots of ‘Ballot Security’: Dead Voters, Party Fears and Shadowy Maneuvers (Tom Robbins, NYT)
Transcripts of Bloomberg’s testimony are available here.* Document Drop: Haggerty Case Transcripts
And although he insisted the $1.1 million political operative John Haggerty allegedly absconded with was for ballot security for all Independence candidates, the mayor couldn’t name a single other IP candidate who might have benefited.
Ex-Aide Earns $350,000 at Mayor's Charity Allison Jaffin
Twitter Reports on Jaffin's Testimony
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Sarahgoat Sarah Steiner (Twitter) Jaffin says never wrote to Conflicts Bd. Shown letter she wrote, admits it doesn't cover campaign work.
#Haggerty * Jaffin admission she wrote letter she denied is followed by string of dozen "I don't remember" answers on cross. #Haggerty * Jaffin relied on #Haggerty budget to approve mayors persl contrib to Ind Pty. Wouldn't have if Fiona Reid had objected. * Mayor + Harris gave Jaffin this authority to approve #Haggerty contribs from his pers'l funds, not Fiona. * Before Jaffin worked for foundation, worked for Mayor at City Hall running events ($117k) and personally as a gofer (extra$60k). #Haggerty * Jaffin says Sheekey told her #Haggerty was to be the ballot security guy, while he was Deputy Mayor. * Jaffin remembers absolutely nothing whatsoever about her meeting with #Haggerty. Which she arranged from City Hall. * There was a cover letter to the Ind Pty about #Haggerty contribution. Per Sheekey instructions, it was not sent out.
Mike's Campaign Account Reid Work for Quadrangle Steve Rattner Illegal Pension Fund Corruption
Fiona Reid Mike’s CFO on his Campaign Worked for Rattner Quadrangle and Than New Name Willett Advisors after Quandrangle Was Forced Out of Business (Suzannah B. Troy)* Ex-mistress testifies about affair in $1.1M Bloomberg campaign cash case(NYP)* Reid, the chief finance officer for Bloomberg’s 2009 campaign, said she and Haggerty (who is still married to someone else) only broke up when the Manhattan DA started investigating him for allegedly stealing $1.2 million from the mayor.* Haggerty's Former Lover Says She Was Unaware Of Misspent Campaign Funds (NY1)* Former Campaign Finance Director Testifies in Haggerty Trial(WSJ) * Bloomberg Aid Said She Dated Haggerty (Capital) * Mistress' testimony raises questions about jurors' knowledge * In a Trial, Only a Quick Nod to a Bloomberg Aide's Affair(NYT) *Former Campaign Finance Director Testifies in Haggerty Trial
Haggerty’s mistress Mike money gal -- their money mule Steve Rattner as well -- reminder Rattner got busted -- paid $10,000,000 not got jail and paid to not plead guilty -- He had to break off with Quadrangle so became a new company to manage Mike’s money and that is Willet Advisor until he was told he is suspended by SEC.
The mayor was so deep into mixing city government with his private business he did not care that the scandal scared Steve Rattner was in the middle of it. Both DA+
#Haggerty move to close courtroom for testimony of Fiona Reid tomorrow morning, because of F&H's affair. * Judge will permit questions about the affair between Fiona Reid + #Haggerty, but maybe not about whether it was extramarital.* Ex-mistress to take stand this morning in $1.1M Bloomberg(NYP)
azipaybarah Azi Paybarah (Twitter) Woman who handles
@MikeBloomberg's personal finances, Diane Rizzo, is testifying. * In case of @MikeBloomberg political operative, judge explains "if there was an intimate relationship, it should be left at that."* Treasurer for all 3 of @MikeBloomberg's campaigns: I received no $ for that work. It was part of my job at Geller accounting firm. * "Out of line" says judge when defense lawyer says witness shouldn't look to prosecution for clues on how to answer.* @azipaybarah @MikeBloomberg Begs the question did Geller get paid for the accounting service from the campaign. * Chief financial officer for @MikeBloomberg campaign Fiona Reid testified she dated defendant until "January, when the investigation started"
harrysiegel Harry Siegel (Twitter)
#Haggerty defense: "we're NOT saying there was a campaign finance violation... there wasn't... & Mr Haggerty is only guilty if there was one * So in tortured letter-of-the-law sense, #Haggerty defense argument aligned with that of the alleged victim @MikeBloomberg
gracerauh Grace Rauh (Twitter) .
@mikebloomberg campaign aide who had affair w #Haggerty says relationship ended when investigation began. * he says her lawyer advised her to stop. #Haggerty
The NYP argues Occupy Wall Street protests pave the way for unions' renewed millionaire's tax push in the state legislature this winter
Editorial: Unions using protest to push higher taxes(NYP) * Education-worker activists get support from Wall. St. protesters over layoffs(NYDN) * Transport Workers Union President John Samuelsen sides with Occupy Wall Street for his own gain (NYDN Ed) * Union Workers, Politicians Voice Support For "Occupy Wall Street" Protesters Following Arrests(NY1)
Some of the protestors are taking the “corporate zombie” thing literally - Day 17
Ghoulish on Wall. St(NYP) * Anti-Wall Street Protests Spreading to Cities Large and Small(NYT) * Protesters Drawing Support From Labor Unions(WSJ) * Feeding the Protest: Giant Subs, Pizzas and 'Too Many Apples' (WSJ)* Fresh recruits join up as protesters gear up for biggest action yet(NYDN) * JP Morgan Chase Donates $4.6 Million to NYPD to Deter #occupywallstreet * Councilman
@JumaaneWilliams endorses #OccupyWallSt. Is he the first elected official to officially support protesters? * Transport Workers Union Denied Injunction Against City's Use of Bus Drivers to Transport Arrested Protesters(Village Voice)
Trial Is Test of Ticket-Fix Scandal Link(WSJ) An NYPD officer involved in the ticket-fixing probe testified in an unrelated criminal case yesterday, where jurors found the defendant guilty despite the cop's potential credibility issues* Tix-fix probe: Narcotics cops bypass county prosecutors in act of defiance(NYDN)
Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis finds Fire Department hiring practices have no rhyme or reason (NYDN Ed)
If Cuomo Fires the Taxman His Poll Numbers Will Go to 99% Approval
Cuomo's PEF layoffs will axe 37 of 42 lawyers in the state's Department of Taxation and Finance - a move that surprised state tax attorneys, who help write tax law during the state budget process(TU)
Taxi Protest Aimed At Cuomo
Taxi drivers who oppose Mayor Bloomberg’s livery cab bill will rally outside Cuomo’s NYC office. .
@NYGovCuomo wants taxi bill 2 provide "access 2 the outer boroughs...the disabled, revenue for the City & respects the medallion franchise"
Dial 511 for Subway and Bus Info
Layoffs That the Council and Mayor Said Would Not Happen are Coming
City Room: Bloomberg to Ask Agencies to Cut Costs(NYT) * Layoffs averted in a NYC budget deal last spring could be back on the table in the coming weeks.* That’s because the Bloomberg administration has asked agency heads to cut spending by $2 billion over the next 18 months and freeze hiring on concern that a slowing economy could reduce city revenue. Deadline: Oct. 18.
Reuters Reuters Top News (Twitter) FLASH: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie not running for president -Republican source * Opting Out of Race, Christie Says, ‘Now Is Not My Time’(NYT) * Christie Says 2012 "Not My Time"(NBC)
Mitt Romney just breathed sigh of relief so huge it's been rated a Category 3 Hurricane