Since September 2010, Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s campaign committee has cut nearly $46,000 in checks to a top white-collar criminal defense attorney, Gerald Lefcourt. Both the city and federal governments are investigating the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, which Lopez founded. Lefcourt warned the Brooklyn Paper in October he was considering a libel case, but has not pursued one. Lopez and Lefcourt, who is also representing lobbyist Richard Lipsky in his corruption trial, didn’t respond to requests for comment.
* The Working Families Party poured more than $600,000 in the last six months into its for-profit campaign arm Data & Field Services, despite lingering legal questions over whether the two are properly separated. DFS Executive Director Michael Boland said the money paid for door-to-door canvassing and fundraising for an unsuccessful effort to get Cuomo and lawmakers to reform New York’s campaign finance laws.
* Congressional campaigns can get brutal, but the Bob Turner–David Weprin special election is unlikely to involve chair-throwing or paternity tests. That wasn’t the case in Turner’s previous job as CEO of the entertainment division of Multimedia Entertainment. Turner’s bio on his campaign website says he used to oversee talk shows from Phil Donahue, Sally Jesse Raphael and Jerry Springer.
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