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July 1, 2007

The Times's disconnect on "sewer money" and Forest City Ratner

Atlantic Yards Report

In today's Times, an editorial lambastes New York’s Sewer Money, "the millions of dollars used by lobbyists to buy New York laws and New York lawmakers."

It's an editorial about the need for systemic campaign reforms, and no names are named. Still, it puts in glaring relief the Times's failure to report in print (rather than a blog mention) about the companies and entities that spent the most on lobbying last year.

Forest City Ratner, developer of the Atlantic Yards project, came in third. Among real estate developers, FCR was first. And lobbying, as with the "Atlantic Yards carve-out" in the reform of the 421-a tax break, seems to be paying off, and the Times has not yet urged a veto.

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Posted by amy at July 1, 2007 11:18 AM