Sunday, October 31, 2010




Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. lays out case against Bloomberg, but decides not to follow through
Sunday, October 31st 2010, 4:00 AM

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. last week laid out in his clearest language yet how Mayor Bloomberg may have broken campaign finance law in funding his reelection bid last year.

Somehow, though, Vance doesn't see it as a case worth pursuing.

He filed legal papers Friday bolstering his indictment of John Haggerty, the election aide accused of pocketing $1.1 million Bloomberg spent for Election Day poll-watching.

Bloomberg funneled that money through a special "housekeeping account" of the state Independence Party, one that can accept unlimited F
State law says housekeeping money can only be used for day-to-day party activities, not to benefit any specific candidate. Haggerty, though, claims he spoke directly with Bloomberg about how it would help the mayor's campaign.

Here's where it gets sticky for Bloomberg.

Haggerty's lawyers say that if Bloomberg's $1.1 million was truly a donation to the Independence Party, then prosecutors can't claim it was stolen just because they don't like how the party spent it.

In last week's filing, though, Vance scoffs at the idea Bloomberg's money was a donation to the party.

"This argument seeks to mischaracterize the nature of the transferred funds," prosecutors wrote. "Haggerty deceived Bloomberg and his staff into sending the money to pay for a fictitious ballot security operation."

If Bloomberg's $1.1 million wasn't really a party donation, it should presumably have been reported as part of his campaign spending.

"That's the conundrum here," said Dennis Vacco, one of Haggerty's lawyers. "It's either a contribution or it's an expenditure."

Bloomberg even filed a state Board of Elections form called a CF-16 promising that "all financial activity related to my campaign, including my own," would go through his official Bloomberg for Mayor 2009 campaign.

That's not what happened, though.

Vance and his office will not comment on why - or whether - they haven't tried to pursue a case against Bloomberg.

However, the law about housekeeping accounts is mushy and much-abused.

Bloomberg has some very high-powered lawyers who could presumably explain to Vance how all their decisions fell just inside the loopholes.

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Before there was the "Oracle at Delphi" there was Count Vampire J. Machiavel

VJ Machiavelli

Saturday, October 30, 2010


OR how I became the weekend news story.


Mike '$cammer' powwow

New York Post - David Seifman -
Bloomberg (right) and senior aides huddled with Republican campaign consultantJohn Haggerty Jr. on Oct. 28, 2009, six days before the election, ...

New Allegations Against Bloomberg Operative

Wall Street Journal - Michael Howard Saul -
John Haggerty, 41 years old, pleaded not guilty to charges he stole money from Mr. Bloomberg to purchase a home, but court documents filed by the district ...

DA: Former Bloomberg Aide Met With Mayor Before...

DNAinfo - Shayna Jacobs -
John Haggerty, 41, was indicted this summer for allegedly stealing from the mayor's re-election campaign. John Haggerty leaving a Manhattan courtroom in ...

Haggerty Admitted To Stealing From Bloomberg, Manhattan DA's New ...

City Hall - Chris Bragg -
New evidence provided by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance seeks to demonstrate that embattled political operative John Haggerty admitted to misleading ...

Carl Paladino election aide John Haggerty admits he ripped off ...

New York Daily News - Adam Lisberg -
John Haggerty is accused of ripping off the mayor by setting up a phony $1.1 million Election Day operation last year to pocket the cash. ...

Bloomberg met with aide on sham campaign funds: DA

New York Post - David Seifman -
Manhattan DA Cy Vance Jr., who is prosecuting GOP operative John Haggerty Jr., reported that the meeting took place after Haggerty proposed a budget to the .

Paladino team has long history of bare-knuckle political tactics

Buffalo News - Susan Schulman - Patrick Lakamp -
And there's John F. Haggerty Jr., accused of stealing more than $1 million in campaign funds as part of a "phantom poll watching" operation in New York City...


Watergate = White House

HaggertyGate = BloomberGate ?

The best is yet to come 

Before there was the "Oracle at Delphi" there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

VJ Machiavelli

Friday, October 22, 2010


John Sampson the Leader of the Democ"RAT"ic Senate and his fellow Senators

This report by the State IG is just one of many investigations that are going on by law enforcement agency's.

BTW Hank Sheinkopf was also a consultant to the Bloomberg campaign in 2009 while he was lobbying for AEG

Aqueduct gaming report rips Paterson, Senate leadership

Albany Times Union - Casey Seiler - Rick Karlin -
... an assistant to Senate Secretary Angelo Aponte e-mailed a memo analyzing the bids of all six bidders at the time to AEG consultant Hank Sheinkopf...

Scandal over downstate casino jolts Albany

Buffalo News - Tom Precious -
... bids to people tied to AEG, including longtime Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf and Carl Andrews, a former Senate Democrat who was an AEG lobbyist. ...

Report: Top New York officials guilty of favoritism

Press & Sun-Bulletin - Joseph Spector -
Fisch said Senate aides and Sampson leaked the bids of other companies to AEG, including to AEG lobbyist Hank Sheinkopf, a prominent Democratic political ...

New York Democrats Implicated in Aqueduct Slot Scandal

WNYC - Bob Hennelly -
... involved in a domestic violence suit and is being prosecuted, he took the Fifth Amendment before the Inspector General, as did lobbyist Hank Sheinkopf...

Inspector General Refers Aqueduct Racino Deal to Feds

NBC New York - Michael Virtanen - Michael Gormley -
An assistant to Senate Secretary Angelo Aponte e-mailed the memo to AEG consultant Hank Sheinkopf, and Aponte, when questioned, claimed not to recall why ..

Report Faults Lawmakers, Governor Over Aqueduct Slots

Wall Street Journal - Eliot Brown -
In an earlier instance, an aide to Mr. Sampson gave documents to Hank Sheinkopf, a different lobbyist for AEG, who, through an attorney, ...

Report alleges favoritism, and possible illegality, by top state ...

Poughkeepsie Journal -
Fisch said Senate leaders leaked the bids of other companies to AEG lobbyist Hank Sheinkopf, a prominent Democratic political consultant, in order for AEG ...

Report on casino bid cites 'political free-for-all'

Buffalo News - Tom Precious -
Hank Sheinkopf, the Aqueduct Entertainment consultant, invoked his Fifth Amendment protections and did not answer questions about the incident. ...

What can I say this is what happens when the Democ"RATS" are in charge.

Before there was the “Oracle at Delphi” there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

VJ Machiavelli

Friday, October 15, 2010


Any deal that does not include jail time is a joke they all need to go to jail.

They have to pay for their "GREED" not only with a fine but with time behind bars.


SEC settlement with former auto czar Steven Rattner on hold ...

Washington Post - Zachary A. Goldfarb -
Sources familiar with the matter say that Steven Rattner (above in Oct. 2009) has agreed to a ban from the securities industry. (J. David Ake/associated .

The Business On... Steven Rattner, Co-founder, Quadrangle Group

Independent - Stephen Foley -
Things have skidded off the road for Mr Rattner since he resigned as head of the Obama administration's auto task force in July 2009. ...

Bloomberg to retain Rattner in private role

Financial Times - Francesco Guerrera -
Steven Rattner will continue to manage about $5bn of Michael Bloomberg's fortune even if, as expected, the financier and ...

Rattner's Case Just Another Chapter in a Frightening New Trend

Huffington Post (blog) -
Probably not the person the White House wanted to see in the news -- Steven Rattner, the individual once in charge of Obama's initiative to overhaul the ...

Inside the SEC's Postponed Rattner Settlement

Wall Street Journal (blog) - Shira Ovide -
Today's mystery is why the SEC tabled a vote on Steven Rattner's proposed settlement in a “pay-to-play” investigation. The SEC and Rattner ...

Wilson, G.O.P Jump On Daily News' "Weasel" Editorial

New York Observer - David Freedlander -
The editorial comes a day after news broke about Steven Rattner's settlement deal, and since Rattner is an ally of Wilson's it stomps over what should have ...

SEC Delays Rattner Case, NY Probe Ongoing: Sources

ABC News - Rachelle Younglai - Joan Gralla -
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A proposed settlement between Steven Rattner, the former head of the US auto task force ...

  1. Bloomberg Defends Rattner

    WNYC -
    By WNYC Newsroom Mayor Bloomberg is standing by one of his philanthropic advisers, Steven Rattner, who is reported to have been fined millions of dollars by ...

    SEC Postpones Vote on Rattner Pact

    Wall Street Journal - Kara Scannell - Michael Corkery -
    Steven Rattner's lengthy entanglement with federal authorities has gotten longer, ...

    Rattner and the Pension Kickbacks Probe: In His Own Words

    Wall Street Journal (blog) - Shira Ovide -
    Financier and former “car czar” Steven Rattner so far has kept mum about plans to settle an SEC investigation into his role in a pension-fund ...

    1. Rattner Shows Cuomo, SEC Justice Is Corrupt

      Forbes (blog) - Neil Weinberg -
      As leaked to the New York Times and Wall Street Journal this morning, Wall Street and Washington power broker Steven Rattner appears on the verge of walking ...

      Pensiongate bigger than "Watergate" with a cast of "GREEDY PROGRESSIVES" who for the most part are very rich and powerful Democrats, with a Republicans or to thrown in for balance.

      Before there was the “Oracle at Delphi” there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

      VJ Machiavelli 

    Thursday, October 14, 2010


    NY Times
    October 13, 2010
    Ex-Overseer of Auto Industry Accepts Ban in S.E.C. Deal
    Steven Rattner, the former car czar, has agreed to a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission over kickback claims involving the New York State pension fund, a person with knowledge of the negotiation said Wednesday.

    Mr. Rattner will accept a multiyear ban from the securities industry and pay a fine of more than $5 million, the person said. He is still in negotiations over a similar settlement with the office of the New York attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo.

    The settlement, which is expected to be announced on Thursday, caps a multiyear investigation by the government into kickbacks paid to officials with New York’s pension fund. Earlier this month, Alan G. Hevesi, the state’s former comptroller, pleaded guilty to a corruption charge involving the state fund.

    The Quadrangle Group, the private equity firm co-founded by Mr. Rattner, settled with the S.E.C. and Mr. Cuomo’s office in the spring and issued a statement disavowing Mr. Rattner’s conduct. The firm agreed to pay $7 million to the pension fund and $5 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    Mr. Rattner refused a similar offer to settle with the S.E.C. last spring, because he did not want to accept the ban from the industry. Quadrangle had been cooperating in the government’s investigation of Mr. Rattner. Since leaving his post with the Obama administration’s auto task force over a year ago, Mr. Rattner has been advising Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York on his personal finances and writing a book about his tenure as car czar. That book, “Overhaul” was released last month.

    A spokesman for the S.E.C. declined to comment.

    The accusations against Mr. Rattner settle on his agreement to help finance a low-budget film called “Chooch” that was being produced by a brother of David J. Loglisci, the chief investment officer of the state’s pension. One of Quadrangle’s private equity funds owned a company called GT Brands that distributed movies and Mr. Rattner used that company to complete the deal. Mr. Loglisci pleaded guilty to securities fraud in March.

    Wall Street Journal
    Rattner Near Deal to Settle SEC Case


    Steven Rattner, the Wall Street financier and Democratic donor who oversaw the Obama administration's auto-industry restructuring, is finalizing a deal with the Securities and Exchange Commission staff to resolve his role in a "pay to play" scandal involving New York state's public pension fund, people familiar with the matter said Wednesday.

    Mr. Rattner would pay roughly $6 million and agree to a two-year ban from the securities industry, the people said. SEC commissioners are expected to vote on the deal with Mr. Rattner on Thursday. Until then, terms could change, and the deal could even fall apart. An SEC spokesman declined to comment. Through a representative, Mr. Rattner declined to comment.

    Steven Rattner has been dogged by a 'pay to play' scandal involving New York state's public pension fund.

    A settlement with the federal securities regulator and a ban on his participation in the securities business would represent a significant comedown for Mr. Rattner, who rose to the No. 2 spot at top mergers and acquisitions firm Lazard Freres & Co. before leaving to co-found in March 2000 a private-equity firm that ended up ensnared in the pay-to-play probe.

    Mr. Rattner was tapped early on by President Barack Obama to help him right problems in the auto industry.

    Just this week, members of Wall Street's elite toasted Mr. Rattner at a party at the Four Seasons restaurant in New York for the publication of his book on the auto bailout. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin were among those in attendance. New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. was a host.

    Yet for more than a year, Mr. Rattner has been dogged by the pay-to-play probe, which has focused on allegations that state officials and others traded access to business from the roughly $125 billion fund in exchange for kickbacks, political favors and personal benefits.

    "During my 35 years in the working world, I had never been accused of so much as jaywalking, so it was painful for me and my family to have my honesty and integrity impugned, often by innuendo," he wrote in his book about the probe.

    Mr. Rattner was drawn into the parallel state and federal investigations in connection with his work at his private-equity firm, Quadrangle Group LLC. The firm paid a political adviser $1.1 million to help secure a $100 million investment from the fund, court documents alleged. Mr. Rattner met with the adviser, a person familiar with the matter said. Mr. Rattner, who is no longer with Quadrangle, also helped arrange to distribute a low-budget movie, "Chooch," produced by the brother of a pension official.

    Steven Rattner just another "GREEDY PROGRESSIVE" who will pay a fine and get a "GET OUT OF JAIL FREE CARD" in the Pensiongate Scandal.

    In his book on page 167 he told how Schumer OK'd Hank Morris as a placement agent this is the smoking gun that ties Schumer to the "PENSIONGATE" Scandal.

    Then for some reason Steven Rattner a proud member of the "GREEDY PROGRESSIVE" Club omits Hank Morris name from the book index, so if you waned to see if Hank Morris was mentioned in the book and checked the index you would think he was not mentioned t all.

    Now he has to settle with "Cover UP" Cuomo and I am sure that to is going to be part of the "Cover UP" Cuomo's election plan.

    I bet he gets another "GET OUT OF JAIL FREE CARD" from Cover UP" Cuomo.

    That leaves Hank Morris, will he to cut a deal before election day and get a sweet deal from "Cover UP" Cuomo ?

    How about Kevin McCabe will he come before Hank Morris ?

    Will the public ever learn the truth about the way they all tried to say Alan Hevesi in 2006 so they could continue making "TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN PLACEMENT FEE"S ?

    Will the public ever learn the truth of why Shelly Silver changed the rules in the middle of the game and throw his 100 plus votes to Tom DiNapoli ?

    Who had the most to "GAIN OR LOSE" by the Comptrollers election ?

    It was Hank Morris and all his "GREEDT PROGRESSIVE BUDDIES" who were making tens of millions of dollars in placement fee's 

    They had David Loglisci as there "INSIDE" person and all they need was a "FRIEND" as the new Comptroller who better than Tom DiNapoli who goes way back with Hank Morris.

    The dots are all connected for all to see who have the eyes to see it.

    But I guess everybody is like the three blind mice

    See, speak, and hear "NO DOTS"

    But I have faith that the truth will come out just like it did in "WATERGATE"

    Before there was the “Oracle at Delphi” there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

    VJ Machiavelli 

    Sunday, October 10, 2010


    The World of Hank Morris

    The World of Steven Rattner

    The World of Alan Hevesi

    The World of Elliott Broidy

    The World of Ray Harding

    These are just a few of the GREEDY PROGRESSIVES who have sold out the Liberal cause for Money and Power.

    They started out as Liberals, became Limousine Liberals, with Money and Power.

    They wanted more and more Money, so they sold out all their Liberal and Limousine Liberal values and became GREEDY PROGRESSIVES

    Before there was the "Oracle at Delphi" there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

    VJ Machiavelli

    Saturday, October 9, 2010


    From Los Angeles to Santa Fe to Albany the "GREEDY PROGRESSIVES" were making MONEY.

    I have said many times the "PensionGate" Scandal is all about "GREEDY PROGRESSIVES" who cashed in and sold there Liberalism for MONEY, and POWER.

    They started as Liberals, then became Limousine Liberals and the need for more Money and Power turned them into GREEDY PROGRESSIVES.


    Bribery confession in case linked to CalPERS scandal

    Sacramento Bee - Dale Kasler -

    ... in gifts from Los Angeles financier Elliott Broidy. Hevesi pleaded guilty in New York state court. Broidy's former firm manages $50 million for CalPERS. ...

    New York state pension fund trustee pleads guilty to taking bribes

    Los Angeles Times - Marc Lifsher -

    Alan Hevesi was accused of accepting nearly $1 million from Los Angeles venture capitalist and philanthropist Elliott Broidy to invest in his Markstone

    Ex-New York Comptroller Pleads Guilty in Pension Probe

    San Francisco Chronicle -

    Elliott B. Broidy, founder of Markstone Capital Partners, pleaded guilty in December, saying he worked with officials at the comptroller's office "to confer ...

    Mideast Muddle ; Markstone Stung By Investor Unrest

    American Chronicle - Mark DeCambre -

    ... especially after Markstone got embroiled in the pension fund scandal last year, which saw founder Elliott Broidy hand in his resignation as a part of an ...


    Albuquerque Journal (subscription) - Mike Gallagher -

    The three-year-old New York investigation has targeted Hevesi's paid political adviser and strategist, Henry "Hank" Morris, who faces an indictment charging ...

    Alan Hevesi's guilty plea could shine light on NM

    The New Mexico Independent (blog) - Trip Jennings -

    The New Mexico connections to the New York probe are interesting, ... Henry, “HankMorris, one of Alan Hevesi's most trusted aides who was charged with 123 ...

    Ex-New York Comptroller Hevesi Pleads Guilty to Corruption in Fund ...

    Bloomberg - Karen Freifeld -

    Henry “HankMorris, Hevesi's former top political consultant, ... million at a public pension fund in New Mexico, according to the complaint against Meyer. ..

    New York state pension fund trustee pleads guilty to taking bribes

    Bellingham Herald - Marc Lifsher -

    Broidy also has been a target of related investigations in California into ... of Henry "Hank" Morris, Hevesi's paid political adviser and campaign manager. ...

    Former NY State Comptroller Pleads Guilty to Taking Kickbacks in ...

    The National Law Journal - Joel Stashenko -

    Hevesi acknowledged in court that he allowed California venture capitalist ... campaign manager Henry "Hank" Morris who is charged with securities fraud, ...

    Before there was the “Oracle at Delphi” there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

    VJ Machiavelli

    Friday, October 8, 2010


    And another 'GREEDY PROGRESSIVE" pleads guilty.

    Alan Hevesi was the darling of the Liberals, Limousine Liberals, and sugar daddy to the "GREEDY PROGRESSIVES"

    Next up is Hank Morris the Mastermind or Steve Rattner who exposed the "SMOKING GUN" on page 167 of his book Overhaul that Schumer knew and approved of Hank Morris as a placement agent.

    If Schumer would have said NO none of this would have happened ?

    1. Mr. Hevesi's breach of trust

      Albany Times Union -
      Alan Hevesi's admission that he used his position as the head of one of the nation's largest pension funds to enrich himself and his cronies is hardly a ...
    2. Plea bargain for comptroller who got corrupt $1M

      New York Post - Laura Italiano - Fredric U. Dicker -
      Former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi yesterday pulled back the curtain on Albany's sleaze and dirty deals as he revealed in court how he turned his public

      1. Hevesi Pleads Guilty To Corruption

        The Jewish Week - Adam Dickter -
        Alan Hevesi, the grandson of a chief rabbi of Budapest and a leader in the fight to recover assets of Holocaust survivors and gain restitution from Germany ...
      2. Hevesi admits $1M high life

        Albany Times Union - Rick Karlin - James M. Odato -
        (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano) Former New York state Comptroller Alan Hevesi makes his ... (Mary Altaffer / AP) Former New York Comptroller Alan Hevesi reads his ...
      3. New York's Pension Scandal

        New York Times -
        Alan Hevesi, the former comptroller, has provided the best argument to stop giving one person the power to invest New York State's $125 billion pension fund ...

        1. Former New York Comptroller Pleads Guilty to Corruption

          DailyFinance - Danny King -
          Alan Hevesi, the former comptroller of New York state, has pled guilty to corruption charges that he accepted ...
        2. Former NY State Comptroller Pleads Guilty to Taking Kickbacks in ...

          The National Law Journal - Joel Stashenko -
          New York state's former comptroller, Alan Hevesi, admitted Thursday that he had accepted trips to Israel and campaign contributions from a financier in ...
        3. Ex-NY comptroller pleads guilty in pension scandal

          People's Daily Online -
          Former New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi pleaded guilty on Thursday to a felony corruption charge for his key role in a wide-ranging state pension fund ...

          1. Hevesi pleads guilty to public corruption charge

            Elmira Star-Gazette - Joseph Spector -
            ALBANY -- Former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony public ...
          2. Ex-comptroller Hevesi admits guilt in pension scandal

            Newsday (subscription) - Anthony M. Destefano -
            With that one word, disgraced former State Comptroller Alan Hevesi admitted Thursday that for four years he sold access to the state pension system and in ...
          3. 'Say It Ain't So, Hevesi' Echoes After Guilty Plea By Former ...

            New York Sun - Henry Stern -
            There was little surprise in Alan Hevesi's confession that he was a corrupt Comptroller. ...
          4. Hevesi pleads guilty in pension fund scandal

            Rochester Democrat and Chronicle -
            ALBANY — Former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi pleaded guilty today to a felony public corruption charge in connection with a massive pay-to-play scandal ...

            1. Former NYS Comptroller Hevesi Pleads Guilty to Felony

              Hedge Fund Net - Marc Raybin -
              Former State Comptroller Alan Hevesi pleaded guilty to one felony account in the ongoing pay-to-play scandal at the ...
            2. Former NY state comptroller pleads guilty in probe

              Pensions & Investments - Timothy Inklebarger -
              Alan Hevesi, former New York state comptroller, pleaded guilty Thursday in New York State Supreme Court to accepting nearly $1 ...

              1. New York state pension fund trustee pleads guilty to taking bribes

                Los Angeles Times - Marc Lifsher -
                Alan Hevesi was accused of accepting nearly $1 million from Los Angeles venture capitalist ... In exchange for the bribes, Alan Hevesi, the elected New York ...
              2. Pay-to-Play Timeline

                WNYC - Lisa Chow -
                Former State Comptroller Alan Hevesi plead guilty today for accepting nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from a money ...
              3. Alan Hevesi: The Man Who Betrayed the Public Trust

                NBC New York - Gabe Pressman -
                Alan Hevesi, once a rising star in the Democratic Party, had pleaded guilty to corruption charges. His disgrace seemed too much for him to bear. ...

                  1. JUST say NO to the Democ"RAT"ic Cover Up Gang

              of Schumer, Cuomo, DiNapoli, and the "WATACHDOG AG" Eric Schneiderman Ruff Ruff

              Before there was the “Oracle at Delphi” there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

              VJ Machiavelli