5/12/10

Cuomo hearts Working Families Fraud

Labor-state bedeviled by SEIU thug unit

Last month we urged Cuomo to flatly refuse WFP backing, arguing that it would be a critical first step if he truly means to drain the Albany swamp.

Without an affiliation with Cuomo — who remains miles ahead in the polls — the party is unlikely to collect the 50,000 votes for governor in November that it needs to score an automatic line on the ballot for the next four years.

The fundamental problem is that the WFP isn’t a real political party — it’s an agglomeration of public-employee unions dedicated to pursuing union interests, and to hell with everybody else.

Case in point: Campanile reports that the party has collected almost $243,000 in teachers-union cash since 2008 — and is now hectoring candidates to support the teachers’ anti-charter agenda.

Overall, its impact on local government is malignant — as Mayor Bloomberg noted in a recent meeting with Post editors. The WFP’s clout over lawmakers, he said, “is a very big problem” when it comes to negotiating a budget.

Too many WFP-controlled legislators, said Mike, will seek to impose significantly higher taxes on the critical financial industry “because they’re basically — I don’t know if ‘captives’ is the right word — but they’re influenced by” the WFP.

Actually, Bloomberg’s word, “captives,” got it exactly right.

And don’t forget the party’s ethically dubious corporate arm, Data & Field Services, which was set up as an “independent” consulting company — but which more likely was a vehicle for funneling massive, under-the-table illegal contributions to its candidates.

(from nutbusterz.org)

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