Bill de Blasio’s Dirty Mayoral Campaign Under FBI Investigation

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I’m surprised it got this far, not because there isn’t plenty of dirt, but because Federal law enforcement is in bad shape under Holder. New York City politics has always been dirty, but the NYCLASS stuff may be in a league of its own.

We’ve got a supposed animal rights groups with all sorts of strange political and financial connections hijacking an election.

De Blasio said Friday that he was unaware of any investigation. He added that nobody in his campaign had been questioned.

“Literally, I’ve told you all I know. I’m not familiar with the allegations so I can’t comment,” de Blasio told reporters.

Uh huh. He knows nothing.

In early April, after Quinn refused to support the proposed carriage ban, NYCLASS founder Steve Nislick, and board member Wendy Neu, gave $200,000 each to New York City is Not for Sale, the political action committee formed by Levenson to carry out the Anybody But Quinn campaign of TV ads, robocalls and mailings — which began that month — attacking her.

In May and June, NYCLASS chipped a total of $225,000 to the anti-Quinn effort, records show.

The gall in calling an organization designed to buy the election by a small group of special interests, “New York City is Not for Sale” is already up there.

And in June, two of de Blasio’s top financial supporters gave $225,000 to NYCLASS, records show.

One of those supporters was de Blasio’s cousin, Wilhelm, who was then head of the union group UNITE HERE!, which wrote a check for $175,000 to NYCLASS — the biggest contribution NYCLASS had ever received. The other was Jay Eisenhoffer, an attorney.

Wilhelm and Eisenhoffer also acted as “intermediaries” for de Blasio’s mayoral campaign, collecting $165,000 in contributions for him, records show.

Still, de Blasio has said that neither he nor his campaign coordinated with NYCLASS or New York City is Not for Sale in attacking Quinn. Any such coordination could be a violation of campaign laws.

The Anybody But Quinn fusillade succeeded exactly as NYCLASS hoped. When the attacks began in April, Quinn was cruising in first place. By late June, she had fallen to third in the Democratic primary, which de Blasio won on Sept. 10.

It looks a whole lot like De Blasio funneled an attack campaign through NYCLASS. John W. Wilhelm is a board member of the Brookings Institute and the AFL-CIO Executive Committee and Executive Council.

Wilhelm was also an Obama donor. Bill de Blasio’s real last name is also Wilhelm.

And Bill de Blasio aka Warren Wilhelm Jr switched sides for the money.

If you want to follow Mayor de Blasio’s evolving position on Central Park horse carriages, just follow the money.

Back in 2007, then-Councilman de Blasio said he was “skeptical” of a proposed law touted by animal rights groups to ban the carriages. At the time, he declined to sign on.

In January 2008, that began to change, starting with a $1,000 check from Wendy Neu to de Blasio’s campaign for public advocate.

By January 2011, NYCLASS supporters had written $20,400 in checks to de Blasio. One month later, he came around for the first time, declaring support for an outright carriage ban in a Huffington Post story.

Four months later, Neu and her husband, John, followed up with maximum donations of $4,950 — each.

By the time the mayoral race was in full swing, NYCLASS supporters had scraped up $45,350 for de Blasio. In fact, they gave $4,950 more, exceeding campaign-giving limits. De Blasio had to return the extra money.

Meanwhile Nislick, the real estate tycoon at the center of the whole mess who has been accused of masterminding the operation in order to seize the stables, had his own run-in with a female Daily News photographer.

Steve Nislick, 70, told his handler he was on the verge of getting violent with the photog as he unveiled the prototype of his electric car at the Javits Center.

“Let’s get away from the Daily News before I hit her in the face,” muttered Nislick, the anti-carriage industry crony of Mayor de Blasio.

  • chelmer

    Time for Anthony Weiner to put up billboard showing his crotch…”Miss me yet?”

  • liz

    What a phony sleazebag.

  • Schmo

    Time for Deblasio to be impeached

    • Dahlia Ross

      This article does not explain why NYCLASS has not done an effective thing to uphold the promises to protect the animals, and why DeBlasio has completely ignored Scott M. Stringer’s plans to reform the ACC shelters, which were also DeBlasio’s campaign promises. The man (DeBlasio) LIVED in the second bedroom of my apartment for maybe 3 weeks (NO SEX) while he was working to get a Haitian judge elected in May pre-election under the name David Suarez. We were introduced by a Bronx councilman named Roberto Ragone. Yes, I know how tall the mayor is and he had to dunk to get under the door, literally and also in that he refused to sign any paperwork. I am disabled with T.B.I. and worse. I was used and my only reason for sharing this is because of the ongoing abuse and murder of innocent homeless animals. Think this is scary? Yes, very. Nobody wants to be homeless or killed.

  • Dahlia Ross

    This article does not explain why NYCLASS has not done an effective thing to uphold the promises to protect the animals, and why DeBlasio has completely ignored Scott M. Stringer’s plans to reform the ACC shelters, which were also DeBlasio’s campaign promises. The man (DeBlasio) LIVED in the second bedroom of my apartment for maybe 3 weeks (NO SEX) while he was working to get a Haitian judge elected in May pre-election under the name David Suarez. We were introduced by a Bronx councilman named Roberto Ragone. Yes, I know how tall the mayor is and he had to dunk to get under the door, literally and also in that he refused to sign any paperwork. I am disabled with T.B.I. and worse. I was used and my only reason for sharing this is because of the ongoing abuse and murder of innocent homeless animals. Think this is scary? Yes, very. Nobody wants to be homeless or killed.

  • Dahlia Ross

    23826 signatures and no investigation. The petition remains open http://www.gopetition.com/…/new-york-city-animal-shelters-a…

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  • barbarade

    I would say diblasio is “a beggar on horseback”, but that wouldn’t be appropriate…..

  • mickrrussom

    de Blasio is a criminal, a traitor and an enemy within. he needs to be put into prison.