October 6, 2009
Lobbying firm hosts $1000 (minimum) fundraiser for Senator Sampson at FCR's MetroTech offices
Atlantic Yards Report
Bruce Ratner makes an in-kind contribution.
Forest City Ratner offices at MetroTech are the site tonight for a fundraiser (minimum contribution: $1000) supporting Senator John Sampson, leader of the New York State Democratic Conference.
The evening is sponsored by the Albany-based lobbying firm of State & Broadway. (Click on graphics to enlarge.)
Forest City Ratner for years avoided direct political contributions, preferring to rely on lobbying. However, in January 2008, the company gave $58,420 to the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee's Housekeeping account.
So this indirect support might be seen as a way of maintaining influence, given the need for future tax breaks and other governmental goodies for projects like Atlantic Yards.
NoLandGrab: We guess that $1,000 a plate buys Sampson's ignorance of the rude treatment orchestrated by Forest City operatives heaped on his colleague, Sen. Bill Perkins, at the May 29th State Senate hearing on Atlantic Yards.
Posted by eric at October 6, 2009 6:57 PM