The New York City Independence Party Organizations received $400,000 from Mike Bloomberg to run his independent campaign for Mayor, which pulled 150,000 votes on Column C, the IP ballot line. Another $1.2 mil went to the State Party, and of that $750,000 went to a company called Special Election Operations. "We have nothing to do with MacKay and Company and we're not the least bit surprised that what they're doing looks fishy, perhaps even corrupt," said Jacqueline Salit, a spokeswoman for the city party and a Bloomberg ally." Upstate IP State Chair Frank MacKay can't recall who or what that money went to...
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- Bloomberg used political party to pay backer: Post (By Howard Koplowitz, YourNabe Queens)
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- What did Hizzoner know? (NY Post)
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- Bloomberg's Independence (Pay)Day (BY ELIZABETH BENJAMIN, Newsday) At the start of the six-month filing period, the [State] Independence Party was $15,156 in the red. Bloomberg's cash accounted for the bulk of the $1,205,600 it reported raising since then. It spent $863,236 and now has $327,206 on hand. The party spent $18,480 for "cars and drivers" on Election Day, according to its filing. And also sent $750,000 to an Albany-based firm called Special Election Operations LLC.
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- Union officials are disturbingly inflexible toward charter schools (Washington Post Editorial)