Move along, folks, nothing to see here except more Democrat chicanery.
Eight days before the 2013 election, the union run by Bill de Blasio’s cousin quietly made a donation to a so-called “independent” political group whose spending benefited de Blasio’s mayoral bid, the Daily News has learned.
It was the second instance of the union — UNITE HERE! — giving money to an “independent” group that aided de Blasio’s political interests.
On Oct. 28, UNITE HERE! gave $200,000 to the New York Jobs Now Committee, a coalition of businesses and unions that urged voters to approve a ballot question on allowing casino gambling.
On Oct. 29 and 30, the New York Jobs Now Committee spent $85,000 on a mailing that quoted de Blasio, Gov. Cuomo and a newspaper editorial touting the benefits of casino gambling.
“New York City will get additional revenue,” de Blasio said in the mailer. “It’s good for the city and the state, and I join with labor and business in supporting this measure.”
On Nov. 4, a day before the election, the committee paid $12,500 to create campaign leaflets and posters with a similar pro-casino message.
The leaflet highlighted de Blasio’s name on the ballot and text from the referendum that said the push for casinos was about “job growth, increasing aid to schools and permitting local governments to lower property taxes.
Always be suspicious of “independent” groups since they’re typically Democrat front groups in disguise.
De Blasio’s cousin John Wilhelm founded UNITE HERE! and is its highest-paid official. He also was a top de Blasio fund-raiser.
Money from the union found its way to another “independent” organization in the mayoral race.
Last May, UNITE HERE! gave $175,000 to NYCLASS, the group leading the charge to ban horse-drawn carriages. NYCLASS then sent $175,000 to an “independent” committee called New York City Is Not for Sale, which spent more than $1 million bashing one of de Blasio’s top rivals for mayor, Christine Quinn.
As with most any Democrat scandal don’t expect this to gain much traction. Business as usual for the corrupt left.