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May 24, 2009

The Ratner family and allies gave big to Kucinich's 2008 challenger

Atlantic Yards Report

Rep. Dennis Kucinich has demonstrated his opposition to using taxpayer money to subsidize sports facilities by holding a hearing on how the assessment of the land under the new Yankee Stadium was "gamed" to the benefit of the Yankees. Using an article by Roldo Bartimole entitled "Cimperman Is Doing Corporate Work", Norman Oder looks at how how the Ratner family, always looking for ways to gain more public subsidies, has supported Kucinich's rival.

Should Kucinich scrutinize plans for the Atlantic Yards arena the same way he's done the Yankee Stadium deal--with the important distinction of doing it beforehand rather than after-the-fact--undoubtedly there would be reason for the Ratners to support his next opponent.

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Once on the “take list,” it’s hard to get off. Now Cimperman lives on the pay-as-you-play dole. Let’s lead off with the 10 donors for this Congressional run from Forest City Enterprises, the chief buyers of politicians: The Ratners: Al, $2,000, Brian, $1,000, Mark, $1,000, Ronald, $1,000, James, $1,000, Kevin, $1,000, Audrey, $2,000, Charles, $1,000, Deborah Ratner Salberg, $1,000 and Alan Krulak, $1,500. That’s $10,500 from Forest City people in the first financial report to the Federal Election Commission. (On a single day in the early 2000, Cimperman got $4,000 from some of the same Ratners, always seeking favors at City Hall)

The Federal Election Commission database shows that people associated with Forest City Enterprises gave $22,000.

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Kucinich, with his national profile, however, outraised Cimperman, relying significantly on out-of-state donors, beat him in the primary, and was reelected. Commentators on Bartimole's piece suggest that the money flow to Cimperman declined after the incumbent showed his strength.

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Posted by steve at May 24, 2009 9:14 AM